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Title: Basket

Date: mid 20th century

Creator: Unknown

Additional Creator Information: Coast Salish

Medium: split cedar root, sapwood slats, cherry bark

This storage basket was made by wrapping split roots over slats and then coiling these in an expanding concentric circle. Can you see how the roots are wrapped around the slats? Red, white and black cherry bark has been used as decoration.

The surface of this basket seems to be waxy. Forty years ago a museum covered the surface with wax to prevent the bark from splitting and to keep insects from eating the bark. This treatment has altered the surface of the basket. We would not apply such a treatment today.

Collection Area: Native North America

Rights Holder: Collection of Glenbow Museum

Catalogue No: AA 1524 A-B

Image No: P0016962

Learn More:
This artifact can be used in conjunction with The Coast Salish: Connecting Art, Environment and Tradition education guide from the online teacher's resource series 21st Century Learning: Links to Our Collection.

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