p'oth'es (Basketry Cradle)

About this object

History of use

Basketry cradles are thought to be of relatively recent origin by some basketry experts, such as Andrea Laforet of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. They may first have appeared in the late 1800s or early 1900s. In the early to mid 20th Century basket makers began expanding their reportoire of shapes and styles for collectors, and many new forms were seen including tea cups, tables, suitcases, and hand bags to name a few.

Cultural context

basketry; children

Iconographic meaning

According to Farrand (P. 304) the zig-zag pattern may be interpreted as "The Track of the Snake".

Physical description

Tan, black, and red basketry cradle of interlocking coiled work (bifurcated stitches). Parallel slat base construction with single cross-stitch support and no extra rim. Decorated with beading and imbrication (partial). Top slat has four beaded rows (2:1), staggered, in cat-tail grass. Body has three similar rows at the head with a "butterfly pattern". Vertical zig-zag pattern over the rest of the basket.