Basket

About this object

History of use

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

Square flared coiled basket (bifurcated stitches) with parallel slat base construction. Imbricated "diamond" design (incomplete shapes) in red bark and grass on upper half of basket, on three sides. Short bands of diagonal lines, in darker bark, three on short sides, six on one long side. Fourth side has four checkered vertical lines in red bark and grass.