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Catalog Number 270.005
Object Name Basket, Trinket
Description (Heather Martin 5/16/16) This is a globular-twined basket. The slant of weft is up to the right, the work direction is the exterior, and the work direction is to the right. It has a cross-warp start with a slight indentation. The basket is plain twined with the exception of two rows of three-strand twining on the base as well as two rows of three-strand twining below the rim. The warps are probably willow (Salix sp.) and the wefts are conifer root. The design is created using weft substitution with a dark brown material that may be mud-dyed conifer root, and consists of two checkered bands, about three-fourths of an inch apart, at the widest point of the basket. There is also one to two rows of dark material at the rim. The rim is finished by bending the warps over and braiding them decoratively. Only some of the warps are incorporated into this finish, the unused warps are trimmed. This basket has possible acorn mush or other Native food material on the interior and exterior of the basket, as well as diagnostic burn marks on the interior.

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).
Material Willow, conifer root
Place of Origin Siletz reservation, Oregon
Provenance Tututni (Heather Martin 5/16/16)
Dimensions H-24.8 Dia-15.4 cm
Imagefile 004\270005-5.JPG
Caption 270.005 image showing the start of the basket from the exterior