About this object

History of use

Baskets were used for carrying and storing a wide variety of materials. These include, water, stones, firewood, roots, fruits, seeds, textile materials, fish and game. They were also used for cooking. Women and girls made and used these baskets. Family wealth was also partially correlated to the number and quality of baskets in their possession. The ability to produce high quality baskets was a valuable asset for a woman.

Cultural context


Iconographic meaning

Swastika symbolizes flowing water.

Physical description

Coiled cedar root basket with flaring, cylinder shape. Swastika design imbricated in red and black cherry bark. Beading in red and black on lower and upper edges; wrapped top edge.