Basket

About this object

History of use

Storage 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, tan, basket (part a) with bifurcated stitches; watch-spring base and lid (part b) construction. Basket is cylindrical in shape with a shoulder for the lid to rest upon. Both lid and body are partially imbricated. Bottom to top - two rows of beading; animal shapes with horns; single row of red imbrication; animal shapes alternating with triangles; single row of red imbrication; wide cross shapes; single row of red imbrication. The lid (part b) has a triangular design around the sides and along rim; starburst with spokes in center; all in red on cat-tail ground.