Porcupine - Before the Beads

This sculpture is 22"x12"x9"

Long before the introduction of glass beads, clothing was decorated with porcupine quills. Porcupine quills were gathered from the hide of a porcupine, washed, dyed with natural plant dyes, and flattened to be used to decorate moccasins, shirts, dresses, deer hides and baskets.

Quill work today is rare to find because it is such a long process compared to using beads….and first you have to catch a porcupine!!