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 consisting of bifurcated stitches; elongated watch-spring base construction; braided rim; partially beaded. Bottom to top - continuous horizontal diamond pattern in red on beaded bullrush ground; discrete beaded bullrush chevron patterns; red chevrons on bullrush ground; vertical red stripes on bullrush ground; base is beaded in bullrush. Colour: tan. There is a circular piece of cedar wrapped around the basket.