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 (parts a-f) with bifurcated stitches; parallel splint base construction; partially imbricated. The design consists of geometric shapes (two per side, one per end); two rows of discrete triangles in red on plain ground; rim is beaded. Parts b-d are square shaped sections of a bended branch that wrapped around the top of the basket. There are two rawhide ties (parts e-f) that used to attach to the outside.