Ralph “Porcupine” Bishop, interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 24, 2004, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.

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NA 3260 (local)
September 24 2000 (Date created)

Porcupine discusses how he discovered & learned the Native American art-form of the insertion of porcupine quills upon birch bark objects; his life’s work of practicing of the art and its nationwide popularity; his years of instruction, encouragement, and public demonstration at the fair and various other places; experimenting with natural and chemical color dyes; the complexities and intricacies of quill and bark design; how he finds and fashions his materials: bark, quills, and spruce root; various notable works that he has done for people; his 23 years coming to the fair and his perceptions of the changes that have taken place. 

Creator and/or Contributor
Ralph "Porcupine" Bishop (interviewee), Anu Dudley (interviewer)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Indigenous art (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Ethnic museums (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Crafts (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Education (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Cultural appropriation (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Natural dyes (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Design (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Agricultural fairs (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Temporal Coverage
1973 - 2004
Geographic Coverage
Unity, Maine (Geonames)
Troy, Maine (Geonames)
Waterville, Maine (Geonames)
Windsor, Maine (Geonames)
Nashville, Tennessee (Geonames)
Related Entities:
Ralph "Porcupine" Bishop (interviewee)
Anu Dudley (interviewer)
Related Objects
First page of the transcript for NA 3260