n'oo'o (Basket)

About this object

History of use

Basketry filled a vital need as containers for storage domestic use and transportation of goods. Some had multiple uses; others were made for specific functions. After European contact, used for trade and sale items. Forms have been altered to meet European tastes. Basketry making was and is a women's art.

Cultural context

domestic storage; cooking; transport

Specific techniques

Birch bark was cut to size, steamed, folded and sewn at corners. Wood rim is lashed with spruce root, outside scraped to decorate.

Physical description

Oval, birch bark basket with squared bottom. Body of basket stitched together at two points with spruce root. Decoration is scraped into bark. Rim reinforced with wood and lashed to body with spruce root, and four pieces of fabric. Two pieces are blue (4 cm and 4.4 cm long) and two are red (4 cm and 4.2 cm long). Fabric is secured by crossed pieces of spruce root on each end. Beneath lashing on rim are remains of pink and purple yarn (?). There are two bands of decoration, about two cm apart, scraped into bark of body. Each band consists of three thin lines. Top lines in both bands have triangles side by side, bases about 1.2 cm - 1.5 cm apart, pointing up. Bottom lines have triangles pointing down. Centre lines have no pattern on them.