Work Basket

About this object

Cultural context

Iconographic meaning

According to Sto:lo Elder and basket maker, Joan Chapman of Chehalis, this design represents waves.

Physical description

Part (a) Elongated rectangular coiled basket (bifurcated stitches) with attached lid and front tie closure. Parallel slat base and lid construction. Fully imbricated in cat-tail grass (?) with geometric diagonal stepped rows alternating in red and black cherry bark. Part (b) Lid has flange. Rim is imbricated in cat-tail grass (?) and the surface of lid is beaded in rows of red and dark cherry bark. Rawhide hinges and tie closure.