Container Depicting the Cosmological Universe and on the Underside Two Thunderbirds

Unknown people (Woodlands)
Great Lakes Woodlands


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about 1800

Birch bark, wood, spruce root, twine (added later)

Overall: 8 11/16 × 8 1/4 × 6 1/8 in. (22 × 21 × 15.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Museum Purchase



Place Made: Wisconsin area, United States, North America


19th century

Object Name

Personal Gear: Box

Research Area

Native American

Native American: Woodlands

Not on view

Course History

ANTH 75, Ecology, Culture, and the Environment, Deborah Nichols, Fall 2012

ANTH 3, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Sienna Craig, Summer 2013

REL 1, Patterns of Religious Experience, Elizabeth Perez, Fall 2013

WRIT 7 , Religion and Literature: Re-visioning the Natural, Nancy Crumbine, Spring 2015

ANTH 11/NAS 11, Ancient Native Americans, Deb Nichols, Winter 2019

Exhibition History

Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 8, 2011-March 12, 2012.

The Arts of Native America, The Eastern Woodland: Algonkian and Iroquois, Dartmouth College Museum and Galleries, Anthropology and History Collections, East Gallery, Wilson Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 6-November 11, 1979.

The Tradition Continues: Native American Art from New England Collections, Smith College Museum of Art, North Hampton, Massachusetts, March 10-May 29, 1994.

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5–July 22, 2022.

Publication History

Jane C. Beck, Always in Season: Folk Art and Traditional Culture in Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont: Vermont Council on the Arts, 1982, 144 pp., ill. p. 63.

George P. Horse Capture, Sr., Joe D. Horse Capture, Joseph M. Sanchez, et al., Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2011, ill. on p. 112,116,118 and p. 174, no. 148.


Purchased in the Midwest (said to have come from Vermont) by Edward C. Fales (1900-1985), book dealer, Salisbury, New Hampshire; sold to present collection, November 26, 1963.

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