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Klikitat Artist



Basket, n.d.
Grass and wood
5 7/8 in. x 6 11/16 in. (15 cm x 17 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P1518
Coiled basket, using splints for the foundation coil.

Materials
split cedar root, bear grass and willow bark

Technique
"In imbrication, a technique used only in NW, a strip of material is laid over the coil, then doubled back on itself and finally brought over the warp."

Commentary
Klikitat basketry is coiled, using splints for the foundation coil and the imbrication technique for ornamentation. The baskets retained this traditional format even when made for sale to tourists and collectors. The design on this basket, know as "foot" or "grill," is frequently used on Klikitat basketry and basketry from other groups in the Intermontane and California regions.
- from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection Catalog, 1979-1980

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 20-21 (illustrated/bw 20) fig. 22.

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