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

Rectangular, woven, tan-coloured basket that flares upward and outward. Simple coiled work (bifurcated stitches). Parallel splint foundation with coiled elements of cedar root: partially imbricated. Horizontal double rows of beading every fourth row. Due to age and soiling, colours are not discernable.