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The Technique of Porcupine-Quillwork Decoration Among the North American Indians
William C. Orchard - 1916

 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint

Petroglyphs found in the Beaver State.

"DISTRIBUTION =The porcupine has a widely distributed habitat in the northern part of the North American continent. Reference to the map (pi. 11} will show the boundary-line extending from northern Labrador and across the southern shores of Hudson bay, northwesterly to beyond the Arctic circle in Alaska. The southern line includes New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Maine, thence follows a southerly trend into Pennsylvania, whence it turns toward the north and includes the Great Lakes region, pursues a northwesterly course to Alberta, there making a sudden turn toward the southeast, following the Rocky mountains and crossing the northwestern corner of Colorado and the southeastern part of Utah, through Arizona to the California line, there turning to the northeast, clearing Nevada and passing through Idaho, to British Columbia and Alaska. A narrow strip of territory extends toward the south, including the Cascade range, parts of the states of Washington and Oregon and northern California.
A point of interest in connection with the habitat of the porcupine is the fact that this animal is not found in the country inhabited by those tribes which are today and have been in the past the producers of a great quantity of porcupine-quill embroidery. This may indicate that our Indian friends, like white people, desired the things most difficult to obtain for their personal adornment. On the other hand, Labrador and Alaska are included within the boundary, but the natives of those regions, excepting the Tlingit, have not contributed to the collections so far as can be learned."

The dotted areas indicate the location of tribes which have produced porcupine-quill work and which were not living in those parts of the country where the porcupine might be found. The territory enclosed by cross-lines is the habitat of the porcupine.

Eastern Porucpine (Erithizon Dorsatus)

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