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Birch Bark Bitings - Iskotew - Burnt Originals

Half Moon Woman (Pat Bruderer) is a Cree Indigenous elder and cultural carrier the art form called Birch Bark Biting. A birch bark biting is made from biting an image, using only the teeth, into a thin, single layer of birch bark harvested from the birch tree. Then, by carefully folding the bark, the pattern imagined is pressed into the birch bark, using only the teeth. Historically, this art form was used to create beadwork patterns, to share stories and were used in ceremonies. In this collection called Iskotew - Burnt Originals Collection, Half Moon has created hi-resolution scans of the artwork and burnt the originals sending the ashes back to the Earth. “I’ve always looked for new ways to share my work to ensure that the art form is never forgotten. As a cultural carrier it’s very important me. That’s why I teach hundreds of kids per year in schools, teach my own family members, and work to distribute my art in a variety of ways." All my relations...
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