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; parallel to watch-spring base construction; rim is overcast; fully imbricated, beading on base. The design from the bottom to top: horizontal zigzags with cross forms on bottom and triangles on top; single stitch zigzag; three rows of staggered cross shapes; all in red on bullrush ground; two rows of red and three rows of bullrush beading on base. Some quill on rim. Colour: tan.