The Ojibwe people have a beautiful birchbark tradition. As birchbark artists scrape away the top layer of bark, a rich underlayer is exposed, adding new depth and texture to the design. Ojibwe artist and Inspired Natives™ Collaborator Sarah Agaton Howes brings this traditional artform forward for the modern traveler in her Birch Layers Canvas Tote.
Drawing inspiration from nature and her community, Sarah often uses designs that reflect the foods, medicines, and traditions of her people. In a playful twist, the Birch Layers Canvas Tote uses traditional carving designs and a birchbark pattern to create a modern container that speaks to traditional ways. Sturdy and deep, this line of canvas totes are perfect to carry everything you need for a day of adventures, or a fun overnight trip.
- Made and printed in Seattle
- Main compartment opens up 5" wide
- 19"W x 13"H x 7"D
Thank you for supporting Inspired Natives™, not "Native-inspired."
These examples of traditional Ojibwe birch bark carving are done by Sarah’s brother, Thomas Howes, and show the lighter outer bark and how when stripped away it reveals the darker color beneath.