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  • Resource Database / Crafts & Indigenous Skills / Weaving & Cordage / Basketry

    Resources: 25 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    A Woodsplint Basket
    Algonquin US - Northeast
    Displayed in the "Hall of the North American Indian" at Harvard University's Peabody Museum, the basket looks like many others made in New England in the early nineteenth century. It is a lidded storage basket, woven from ash splints that have been swabbed with dye, then stamped on alternate wefts with simple designs cut from a potato or the top of a cork. The surprise is inside.
    Abenaki Covered Basket
    The Vermont Historical Society is currently working with Abenakis to determine how best to use the Abenaki items in its collections; we hope that in a future exhibit we have more objects that tell the history of Vermont's native people.
    Basket Women
    Sharle Osborne and her friends weave baskets. Native materials used in these works include western red cedar and Alaska (yellow) cedar bark and root, cherry bark, honeysuckle vine, bear grass, sweet grass, cattails, needle rush, and bulrush.
    Baskets: Room 1
      US - Northeast
    Native American woven and birchbark baskets - University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology - Ethnology
    More sites on www.umma.lsa.umich.edu
    Cherokee Basket Weaving
    Cherokee US - Southwest
    Cherokee tribal member Steve Osburn guides you step by step through weaving your first Cherokee basket in this video.
    Hopi Basketry Presentation
    Hopi US - Southwest
    For UMASS Anthropology 310b- Part 1: History and Meaning (Rohith Sood), Part 2: Manufacture and Decoration (Cecil Lewis), Part 3: Bibliography. This presentation was created using an HP Scanjet 2cx, and was shown to approximately 40 people on May 30th, 1995. Utilizing a Mac Quadra 660 with an AV output, the pages were shown to the class using Netscape software. Accompanying the presentation was a 4 page handout, and of course the knowledgeable oral presentation of the 2 students above. The handout, graphical presentation, and this optional WWW accompaniment were created by Frank Provo. This HTML version of the presentation (handout included) was assembled by Karen M. Strom and is hosted on her server.
    More sites on www.nativeweb.org
    Hopi Basketry Second Mesa Style
    Hopi US - Southwest
    Hopi women continue a centuries-long tradition of coiled basketry.  Colorful katsina, animal, and geometric designs include symbolism and tradition.
    More sites on www.nau.edu
    Hopi Basketry Third Mesa Style
    Hopi US - Southwest
    Colorful wicker baskets are made from sivaapi (rabbit brush) and suuvi (sumac) by the basketmakers of the Third Mesa.
    More sites on www.nau.edu
    Lisa Telford - Haida basket weaver
    Haida US - Northwest
    Photographic tour of this artists work and life. Lisa Telford appears appears as part of the National Museum of the American Indian's Native Arts Program.
    More sites on www.nmai.si.edu
    Making A Basket
    Seneca US - Northeast
    Iroquois texts that Thomas McElwain has composed or redacted. Where no source is noted, the texts are of Tom's original composition.
    More sites on www.speech.cs.cmu.edu
    Native Basketry: Survival, Beauty
    Basketry, Native Philosophy, Environment, California Basketry Story, Qualla Eastern Cherokee (Tsalagi) basketry, Gallery of baskets for utility, Multi-tribal Gallery: Northeast, Linkpage of other Native basketry sites, and Bibliography.
    More sites on www.kstrom.net
    Navajo Baskets
    Navajo US - Southwest
    Navajo baskets are usually made with a two-rod-and-bundle-coiled technique of sumac and yucca.  Natural materials are used to dye the material.
    More sites on www.migrations.com
    Northeast Basketmakers Guild
      US - Northeast
    Northeast Basketmakers Guild was founded in 1985 by a group of five Connecticut basketmakers. Since then, the organization has grown to include hundreds of artists. Members are predominantly from the northeastern United States, but now include artists from around the world. The mission of Northeast Basketmakers Guild is to further the art of basketry by nurturing the development of new basketmakers, while celebrating and supporting accomplished basketmakers. Workshops, exhibits, demonstrations, basket sales, member conferences, scholarships, fundraisers, open weave events and the publication of a newsletter are included in the educational activities of Northeast Basketmakers Guild throughout the year.
    O'odham Coiled Willow Baskets
    Tohono O'odham US - Southwest
    From the collection of the Arizona State Museum, three stunning coiled willow, devil's claw and cattail baskets from the early 1900's.
    More sites on www.statemuseum.arizona.edu
    Old Northwest Coast Native Basket and Artifacts
    Salish Canada - Western
    Coast Salish Cedar Baskets, Woven Grass Baskets, Stone Mauls, Chisels And Scrapers, Spear Heads, Arrow Heads.
    Pack Basket Dates to 2,900 BP
    Several years ago, during a low snow year, park snow fields retreated considerably. At the edge of one snow field near Obstruction Point, a park visitor found basket fragments and brought them to the visitor information desk at Hurricane Ridge. Park archeologists and curators visited the site and collected numerous fragments that date to around 2,900 BP (before present).
    More sites on www.nps.gov
    Paiute Miniature Covered Basket
    Paiute US - Southwest
    This very small coiled basket of willow and devil's claw was created around 1920–1930.  It is in the Illinois State Museum Collection.
    More sites on www.museum.state.il.us
    Paiute Water Jug
    Paiute US - Southwest
    Willow, devil's claw, cotton cord.  Size 12.2" x 8.25"  Ca. 1880-1890.  From the Illinois State Museum Condell Collection.
    More sites on www.museum.state.il.us
    Pine Needle-Raffia Basket Making - by Marian Gee
    Great instructions and photographs for pine needle baskets.
    Pomo Trinket Basket
    Pomo US - Southwest
    Ca. 1900-1920 Willow, redbud or alder, vegetal dye. Size: 7" x 5.375" dia. from the Illinois State Museum Condell Collection.
    More sites on www.museum.state.il.us
    Shapes and Uses of California Indian Basketry
      US - Southwest
    Plant Food Gathering and Transport, Storage and Food Serving Baskets, Food Preparation and Serving Baskets, Specialized Baskets, Fancy Gift Baskets, Other Specialized Basket Types, Traps, Basket Weaving Methods.
    More sites on www.mip.berkeley.edu
    Spruce Root Basket - Sheldon Museum
    Tlingit US - Northwest
    Basket making was one of the oldest and most important arts in the Tlingit economy. Woven basketry was fairly prominent in all coastal Native groups from the Aleutian Chain to the Columbia River. Many baskets, mats, bags, etc. were sewn, coiled, twilled or plaited from a variety of materials. Twining (the same type of weave as used in the Chilkat Blanket) was reserved for the spruce root baskets of the Tlingit. These water-tight vessels augmented the Tlingit's selection of wooden cooking utensils common among the Northwest Coast Indians.
    Square Ash Basket with Curls
      US - Northeast
    Instructions and techniques for weaving with ash basketry splints.
    The Pine Needle Group
    Instruction and Links - Online Tutorials, Classes & Teachers
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    Thompson River Hat
    This spruce root, twined, open, wide-brimmed hat, is an object of subtle beauty.  An interior rim adjusts to the wearer's headsize in this shallow, bowl-shaped hat.
    More sites on www.museum.state.il.us

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