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Catalog Number 254.005
Object Name Basket, Cooking
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 2/15/15) This is a small, slightly oval shaped twined basket with flexible cordage warps. The slant of weft stitch is down to the right, the workface is the exterior, and the work direction is to the right. The start is oval shaped and consists of parallel cordage bundles that are divided into smaller bundles that radiate out until each section consists of just one cordage warp. The start is slightly indented. The base of the basket is plain twined, for about one and a half inches, while the walls of the basket are diagonally twined. At the end of the last weft row, the warps appear to be tucked vertically into the preceding three or four weft rows. The rim is finished by binding the warp ends down on the interior of the basket. The basket is made entirely of tule (Scirpus sp.). New weft pieces are added by knotting them to exhausted weft ends. Warps are added irregularly on the base of the basket, while on the walls of the basket warps are only added in one row near the base, just above the first design band. The design consists of three bands against a buff background. The bands are made of diagonal stripes, alternating buff and reddish-brown mud-died tule. The diagonal stripes are created by twining with one strand of each color. The color shown on the workface alternates with each twist around the warp. There are no signs of use.

This basket is consistent with Klamath or Modoc cordage warp bowls. The lack of the use of overlay to create the design suggests that this basket is more likely to be Klamath, which is consistent with Mary Wahl's conclusion. The use of three-strand twining, diagonal twining, and crossing the exposed warps are features that distinguish the Klamath and Modoc cordage warp basketry from similar styles of the Atsumawi and Atsugewi. An interesting note is that diagonal twining was not traditionally used by the Klamath and Modoc cultures, rather is an indication that this basket was made later in time to be sold to tourists (Shanks 2015:117-119).

(Mary Wahl 4/19/2001) Maybe Klamath, but weave is slightly different, basket could also be from Washington area. Not tourist.
Material tule
Place of Origin northern California
Provenance Klamath or Washington (Mary Wahl 4/19/2001)
Heather Martin (2/15/15) Klamath or Modoc
Date Collected: March 1990
Dimensions H-3 Cir-6 inches
Imagefile 004\254005-6.JPG
Caption 254.005 image showing start from the exterior