National Geographic : 1950 Aug
© National Geographic Society + Quill Flowers and Eared Owl Adorn Ottawa Indian Knickknack Boxes Luster and smoothness of porcupine quills make them a natural choice for decoration. Tightly woven quill "veneer" completely covers the birchbark containers at right. For this handiwork, commercial aniline tints re place vegetable dyes. Kodachromes by Donald A. Spencer + Here's One Way It's Safe to Step on Porcupine Quills! Thousands of "wrap-around" stitches with quills beautify this flashy pair of Sioux deerskin moccasins. The Indian maker used beads for edging and for fancy work on ankle straps. All the artifacts on these two pages are from Denver Art Museum collections. C".