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 fine stitches; elongated watch-spring base construction; overcast rim; fully imbricated. The design from bottom to top consists of horizontally connected diamond shapes; animal figures staggered with hourglass shapes; connected diamonds; discrete triangles; sets of vertical stripes around rim; all in red on bullrush ground; bullrush beading rim. One rope tie and two rawhide ties. Bird quill on rim. Colour: tan.