Basket

About this object

History of use

Burden basket. Tsilhqot’in weavers made coiled cedar-root baskets imbricated with cat-tail grass and cherry bark (for the darker designs). Animals, figures and geometric designs in bands are worked into their sometimes playful designs in bullrush and cherry bark on cedar root. Baskets were used extensively in communities for carrying, storage and cooking and for trade and sale to non-natives. Today baskets continue to be valued in First Nations communities for their cultural importance and continue to be used as gifts, in trade and are made for sale.

Physical description

Coiled basket with bifurcated stitches; elongated watch-spring base construction; partially imbricated and beaded; rim is overcast in quill. The design from bottom to top consists of red crosses on beaded bullrush ground; three horizontal beaded bullrush stripes on plain ground; arrow shapes in two staggered rows in red on beaded bullrush ground. Sets of three red stripes on beaded quill ground around rim; rim is overcast with dark and light quill; base is beaded in bullrush. Colour: tan.