The bark of a birch tree is an extremely versatile material. It can be folded, sewn, and made into
everything from canoes to containers. The birchbark was cut from the tree in the spring after which it
would grow back. Because birchbark is composed of different colored layers, a two-tone design could be
made by drawing the design on the bark and then scraping away the top layer. Then the container was cut
from the bark, folded into shape, and sewn together with spruce root.