Porcupine quillwork is an art form completely unique to North America. Before the introduction of glass beads, quillwork was a major decorative element used by the peoples who resided in the porcupine's natural habitat, which included indigenous peoples of the Subarctic, Northeastern Woodlands, and Northern Plains. The use of quills in designs spans from Maine to Alaska.Quillworking tools were discovered in Alberta, Canada and date back to the 6th century CE
This art form is very much alive today and will continue to be taught, honored and preserved. Just like oral stories, the langauge, spoken in words, art, dance or song, are carried on through practice and sharing.