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Catalog Number 254.003
Object Name Basket, Trinket
Collector Found in CSUC Stiles warehouse during reorganization in 1990.
Description Baskets found in storage during reorganization in 1990, no other information or documentation available.

(Heather Martin 2/3/2016) This is a miniature globular coiled basket. It has a single rod foundation, except for at the start, where the foundation is made of shredded material. The workface is the exterior and work direction is to the left. The basket has a pinhole start with no indentation. The stitches are non-interlocking and widely spaced, creating vertical rows of stitches up the walls of the basket. There are occasional, unintentional split stitches on the interior of the basket. The rim finish is plain wrapped and the coil ending is slightly tapered, with the final stitch wrapping around the previous coil and then clipped on the interior. The slant of weft is up to the right. The fag ends are clipped or bound under the stitches of succeeding coil(s) of the same vertical stitch row. The moving ends are clipped. Both the foundation and the weft material is willow (Salix sp.). There are no designs on the basket and there are no signs that the basket was used. There are several missing stitches on the final two coils, and the foundation rod on the second to last coil is broken.

This basket does not fit the traditional mechanical features that have been observed for any particular Native American culture. Many of the mechanical features, including the single rod foundation, leftward work direction, and the method of concealing the weft ends are consistent with both Maidu and Sierra Miwok basketry. However, other features, such as the non-interlocking stitches and weft material are not consistent with those cultures (Shanks 2006:135-138, 152-154). The records for this basket indicate that it has been identified by Denise Davis as being Maidu. Her claim is that this basket was made by their family because only they weave this type of coiled demonstration baskets. More information is needed to determine exactly what she means by this. Further, Mary Wahl identified this as a Paiute/Shoshone basket. For the time being, it is impossible to say for sure where this basket originated.

(Don Hankins 10/27/2016) Miniature single rod coiled basket. Willow on willow with open work coils. I have seen this in some northern and central Miwok baskets as well as Washoe. The clockwise orientation is typical of these tribes' weaving. Most likely it is Washoe because of the strict use of willow.

(Sue Campbell 5/2/2017) This is a very small, one-stick, coiled basket. It has willow foundation with the redbud stitching and, from my understanding, this little basket had been identified by Denise Davis, who is my master weaver. I think the what she meant by uniqueness of the stitch is, you make the coil and then as you come out you do a split stitch to start up these straight line stitching. But as you come around from the flat bottom and turn it up, again she does a split stitch that comes up and makes the design to go straight. Not a lot of one stick baskets were made, but some of these were made for sale, some were made for trade, and other things. This is a beautiful little design for weavers to look at if they're coming to learn how to do a one stick basket, and for coiling this is a great basket to actually look at to see how the stitches are done. It's so perfectly done, going straight up and making those stitches so that they don't tend to lean to one side or the other. They actually go up perfectly straight, so very nice. It has a little damage on the top where a couple of stitches have broken, and one of the foundation sticks have also broke.

(Denise Davis, CIBA with the Chewyien Pomo, Native Basket Weavers Association) Maidu. She identified it as being from her family, as far as she could remember, her family are the only ones who do this type of coil, demonstration baskets. Possibly made by her Grandmother.

(Mary Wahl 4/19/2001) Paiute Shoshone, California/ Nevada border. This contradicts our records.
Material willow
Place of Origin California or Nevasa
Provenance Maidu (Denise Davis)
Paiute/Shoshone (Mary Wahl 4/19/2001)
Unidentifiable, possibly Maidu or Sierra Miwok (Heather Martin 2/3/2016)
Washoe (Don Hankins 10/27/2016)
Date Collected: March 1990
Dimensions H-1.5 Dia-35 cm
Imagefile 004\254003-4.JPG
Caption 254.003 front of basket