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Makah Artist



Basket, n.d.
Grass and wood
x 5 1/2 in. ( x 14 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Washington
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P0617a,b
Small oval basket with flat base and removable lid, made of wrapped twined construction. Design with two black canoes, and black and yellow zigzag ovals on the cover and base.

Materials
cedar bark, sedge grass and bear grass

Commentary
This basket is primarily constructed of wrapped twining, using checkerwork and diagonal twining for the base, and chckerwork and plain three-strand twining for the rim. The bear grass was dyed using indigenous materials. The yellow color is produced from Oregon grape root. The black color may have been derived from any one of a variety of materials: mud, charcoal, tea, balsam bark, or dogwood bark. The theme of racing boats is common on 20th century Makah trinket baskets.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 18 (illustrated/bw) fig. 3.

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