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-Native people. 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 splint base construction; partially imbricated and beaded. The design from the bottom to top: set of four red triangles with larger triangle on top with a small bullrush cross in centre; on imbricated bullrush ground; three rows of staggered red triangles (bottom row has sets of two red and one bullrush triangle); red crosses on beaded bullrush ground; discrete rectangles in red on beaded bullrush ground around rim. Two rawhide ties. Colour: tan.