Burden Basket

About this object

Iconographic meaning

Stone hammer design according to Livingston Farrand (1900). However, Squamish and Mount Currie weaver Anna Billy identifies this design as representing a butterfly.

Specific techniques

Squamish weaver Anna Billy notes that the black design elements are red cherry bark that has been dyed black by burying it in swampy water.

Physical description

Rectangular burden basket that tapers slightly towards the bottom. Basket has a white coloured skin strap that attaches to one side. Strap thickens in the centre. Basket is decorated with similar designs on all four sides: a butterfly-like pattern on the upper portion of the basket, and three sections of alternating rows of red and black coloured cherry bark.