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Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem
Unknown
Peshawbestown, Leelanau County, Michigan
c1920
Cotton
63" x 78”
MSUM 2011:161.1; Gift of Anne Pray
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reseved by the Michigan State University Museum

It is probable that Native Americans began quilting in the Great Lakes region after the establishment of Catholic missions in the 19th century; it is known that quilting took place at the Immaculate Conception in Peshawbestown. According to James M. McClurken, co-author with James A. Clifton and George L. Cornell, of People of the Three Fires: The Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibway of Michigan, the star and floral motifs used in this quilt are typical components of Ottawa (Odawa) designs and mimic designs depicted in earlier porcupine quill work and beaded pieces in the region.

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