Wanesia Misquadace 2011
Wanesia Misquadace, Fond-du-Lac/Objibway, practices the rare art of birch bark biting; she estimates there are no more than ten people in North America who currently create this type of work. Misquadace harvests the birch bark in Minnesota and brings it to her home in New Mexico. She peels thin layers of the birch bark and creates intricate designs by biting the folded bark. Originally used at templates for beadwork, quillwork, or story telling, Misquadace’s bitings, called wigwa mamacenawejegam have become works unto themselves.
Wanesia Missquadace’s participation is supported by the Katherine Herberger Faculty Enrichment in the Arts Grant Program, awarded by the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts.