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Catalog Number 270.004
Object Name Basket, Trinket
Description (Heather Martin 5/16/16) This is a twined basket with a relatively flat bottom and straight sides. The slant of weft is up to the right, the work direction is the exterior, and the work direction is to the right. The basket has a cross-warp start with a slight indentation. It is plain twined with the exception of one row of three-strand twining on the base. The warps are probably willow (Salix sp.) and the wefts are conifer root. There is a single-sided overlay of a dark brown material that may be mud-dyed conifer root. The design on the bottom consists of an irregular shaped band that was possibly intended as a star shape. Where the base curves upwards into the walls, there are irregular shapes that, upon close investigation, turn out to be letters that spell "SILETZ" followed by a few characters that are unintelligible. Some of these may be numbers, possibly a "1" or "0" and "2," and may possibly represent a date. Above these figures there is a zig-zag band. Above this band the warps are crossed for decorative affect. There are two rows of twining above the warp crossing to secure the warps. These final two rows are concealed, along with a reinforcing rod, with a lashing of an unidentified bark material. Other than some abrasion of the overlay material, this basket is undamaged and has no signs of use.

This basket is typical of those made on the Siletz reservation in Western Oregon, yet shares many mechanical features of basketry made in Northwest California. The Siletz reservation was home to many cultures, and the group that became known to make the typical "Siletz basket" was actually the Tututni culture of southwestern Oregon, who share a basketry technology with their neighbors in Northern California (Shanks 2015:44). Of the cultures on the Siletz reservation, the Tututni was the only group whose basketry style relates to Northern Californian groups (Shanks 2015:44). The lettering on the basket indicates that it was probably made for sale to non-Native tourists.

(Mary Wahl, 4/19/2001) Northwest coast, basket has a Siletz start.

Material willow, conifer root
Place of Origin Siletz reservation, Oregon
Provenance Tututni (Heather Martin 5/16/16)
Siletz (Mary Wahl, 4/19/2001)
Dimensions H-8 Dia-14 cm
Imagefile 004\270004-9.JPG
Caption 270.004 image showing the lettering on the basket