Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians Artist
Juncus (plant material)
2 3/4 in. x 5 5/16 in. (7 cm x 13.5 cm)
The spiraling checkerboard pattern worked into this basket is sometimes referred to as the Milky Way and is a traditional Cahuilla design. The white rectangles are the stars and the black ones are the dark of space. The Cahuilla recognized many of the basic laws of physics and recorded them in their stories. Among those laws was the concept of roatation. One part of the creation story tells about the formation of the earth and how the creators overcame the centrifugal force of the spining mass of the planet and formed the earth into a single solid mass. You can see the representation of centrifugal force in the widening, elongating forms in the spiraling Mily Way.
The Basket is in the Roots. Teaching Museum, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, February 3 - June 9, 2006.
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- A Symmetrical Aesthetic: Southern California Indian Baskets Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College , 3/19/2001 - 5/13/2001
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