This small brush-like object that looks like a bundle of porcupine quills is actually a comb cleaner and is affiliated with the Innu people of Northern Quebec, Canada. It was collected by Rev. John M. Cooper near James Bay and donated to the museum in 1956 by the Catholic University of America.
Rev. John M. Cooper, a long-time professor at CUA, taught and studied both religion and the social sciences. His interests led him to be affiliated at different times with the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution, The American Anthropological Association, and to found the Catholic Anthropological Conference (CAC) which promoted anthropological practices among missionaries who were tasked with collecting ethnological objects for Cooper.