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Oval double walled buckbrush basket / Ella Mae Blackbear

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Oval, double woven basket in blond and reddish brown buckbrush. Made by Ella Blackbear.

Southeastern basketry is characterized by bright, bold colors and designs. Baskets from the different tribes of the region are often similar, which suggests some uniformity of styles throughout the region. The region, however, can be divided into two distinct styles: the Southeast Periphery, which borders the region and was more influenced by other regions, including the Plains, and the Southeast Heartland. Twill plaiting and plain plaiting are the most common methods to weaving used throughout the Southeast, though other methods, including coiling are also used (Turnbaugh and Turnbaugh 1986, 98-109).

Curatorial Remarks

Tags: buckbrush, blood root
People: Ella Mae Blackbear
Places: Eastern, Bull Hollow
Purpose: domestic use, commercial use

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Title(s): 
Oval double walled buckbrush basket; Cherokee Basket
Creator(s): 
Ella Mae Blackbear
Culture: 
Native American; Cherokee (artist and user)
Date: 
mid-20th century
Period: 
Historic
Place: 
Oklahoma, United States of America
Materials/Techniques: 
buckbrush, bloodroot
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mary Nancy Patton
Accession No: 
71.771
Previous Number(s): 
TL2000.23.1; TL2000.23.1
Department: 
Not On View

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