Corn sheller made from tine - Tonawanda (Iroquois).

Inventive utensils

This instrument was used to strip the grains of corn—also known as Indian corn— from the cob and shows how inventive the First Nations peoples were in using a wide variety of materials to craft utensils. This particular one is made from wood, bark, clay, bone, tine (antler), stone and native copper.

Corn sheller, 20th century
Tonawanda (Iroquois)
Tine, 6 x 4 x 10.5 cm
Musée de la civilisation, 68-2721