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Catalog Number 254.002a-b
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 7/3/16) This is a twined treasure or fancy basket with a lid. The workface is the exterior and the work direction is to the right. The basket has a 3X3 plaited start in cedar bark (Thuja plicat). These cedar elements extend form the square start to form the warps, with additional warps added to form a circle. Following the plaited start, the basket base is plain twined with a root weft over wide warps, ending with a row of plain twining over narrow wefts followed by a row of three-strand twining where the walls of the basket begin. The walls are woven in wrapped twining with beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) wefts and cedar bark warps. There is a slight shoulder with a neck made with a cedar bark strip that is woven between the warps strands. The neck is finished with two rows of plain twining with an up to the right slant of weft. The final row of twining is used to bind down the warp ends, with the warp of the previous stich bent downward and bound with the following stich. At the end of the final row, the weft end is knotted on the interior. The design is created using dyed beargrass. There are two rows of blue near the base of the basket. At the center, there is a single row of green with four green birds spaced evenly above it. The design is created using weft substitution, with the splices being clipped on the interior of the basket. The lid is woven in a similar manner to the base. However, the lid starts with a knot of root warps, rather than a plaited square of cedar bark. The design on the lid consists of a purple circle in the center with three zigzag lines, in purple, green, and brown, radiating from it. The rim of the lid is done in blue. All of the colors are extremely faded on the exterior of the basket.

This basket is typical of the styles made on the Northwest Coast of North American, in British Colombia. More specifically, this basket is of the style made by Nootka (Nuu-chah-nulth) and Makah weavers. However, Makah are known for using plaited cedar bark starts and beargrass wefts, a unique combination of features in the area (Gogol 1981:8). Therefore, this basket was likely made by a Makah weaver.

Material cedar bark, spruce root, beargrass
Place of Origin CSUC
Provenance Nootka/Makah (Mary Wahl 4/19/2001)
Date Collected: March 1990
Dimensions H-7 Dia-10.5 cm
Imagefile 002\254002ab.JPG