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Coiled and twined basketry tray made of willow and devil’s claw with geometric designs / Native American; Paiute, possibly Diné

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Basket Tray -- Coiled and twined tray made of Willow and devil’s claw with a geometric design.

Basket trays were frequently used for ritualistic purposes, such as weddings, “storing religious articles and medicine; serving sacred cornmeal; [and] drumming” (Dalrymple 2000, 80). Wedding baskets were used in the ceremony and then often given to the medicine man who officiated “as partial payment; he in turn would trade it for goods or cash” (Dalrymple 2000, 76).

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Title(s): 
Coiled and twined basketry tray made of willow and devil’s claw with geometric designs
Culture: 
Native American; Paiute, possibly Diné
Date: 
early 20th century
Period: 
Historic
Materials/Techniques: 
devil’s claw, willow
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
71.243
Department: 
Not On View

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