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Catalog Number 053.011b
Object Name Basket
Other Name basket hat
Collection Grace Carrigan Collection
Collector Mrs. Grace Carrigan
Description (Heather Martin 4/14/16) This is a twined basket hat made for a female child. The slant of weft is up to the right, the work direction is to the right, and the workface is the exterior. The splices are laid in. The basket has an indented cross-warp start surrounded by half an inch of three-strand twining. There is then three-fourths of an inch of plain twining followed by one row of three-strand twining. The basket is then plain twined to the rim, with the exception of one row of three-strand twining just below the final coil. The warps are trimmed at the rim and the end of the last weft row is missing. The warp material is probably hazel (Corylus sp.). The weft material is conifer root with overlays of bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax), maiden hair fern stem (Adiantum sp.), and red dyed woodwardia fern stem (Woodwardia sp.). The designs include alternating bands of maiden hair fern stem and bear grass around the start, as well as bordering the main design panel of the hat. The main design consists of two stacked parallelograms in red dyed woodwardia that are bordered with maiden hair fern stem. This design repeats three times. There are no obvious signs of native use, though there is extensive damage due to rodent gnawing near the top and rim of the basket.

This basket hat is consistent with those made in Northwestern California. These cultures include Yurok, Karuk, Hupa, Tolowa, and Whilkut. While Mary Wahl attributed this basket to the Hupa or Karuk, the hats made by these cultures are often indistinguishable.

(Mary Wahl 4/19/2001) Hupa/ Karok, hat or bowl.
Material hazel, conifer root, bear grass, madien hair fern, woodwardia
Place of Origin Northwestern California
Provenance Date Collected: unknown
Hupa, Karuk (Mary Wahl 4/19/01)
Yurok, Karuk, Hupa, Tolowa, Whilkut (Heather Martin 4/14/16)
Dimensions H-7.5 Dia-15 cm
Imagefile 004\053011b-5.JPG
Caption 053.011b front of basket hat