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Tohono O'odham Baskets

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Tohono O'odham Artist



Burden Basket, early 20th c
Grass and wood and hair
x 14 3/16 in. ( x 36 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Pomona College Collection
Accession Number: P5350
Circular net twining supported by four wooden shafts. Twilled basketry back shield. Braided trumpline. "Kiaha."

Materials
agave, cat's claw twig, giant cactus rib, yucca, horsehair and paint

Commentary
Both Pima and Papago women used burden baskets called kiaha, while smaller versions were made for girls. THe method of construction--coiling without a foundation--resembles lace making. Similar burden carriers are depicted on Hohokam painted ceramics.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 35, fig. 68.

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