About this object

History of use

Traditionally, baskets were used for a variety of domestic purposes, but starting in the mid-19th century, many basketry goods were made as sale items to provide a source of cash income.

Cultural context

cash economy; craft market

Iconographic meaning

Design on basket may represent a rainbow, necklace or part of a grave box according to research done by Oliver Wells on Salish Weaving designs.

Physical description

Coiled, rectangular basket with slat foundation and split stitching. Sides are completely imbricated in light yellow-brown and black deep "v" design. Lid is attached to basket with two long hide thongs. Coiled rectangular lid fits over coiled rim. The lid is imbricated on the edge and beaded on top, in rows of red and light yellow-brown.