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Burden basket with geometric design and leather strap / Unknown

Curatorial Remarks

The red cloth visible via the bottom of the basket indicates that this is Western Apache. The design is standard of the Apache. This would have been used during harvest to collect seeds, etc... The fringe indicates that this basket was more likely to have been used for a ceremonial event. It's not practical to have all of the fringe hanging off the side if used in the fields.

Tags: Southwestern, burden basket, leather strips, red cloth, trump line
People: Western Apache
Places: Southwestern, Arizona
Purpose: possibly domestic use or ceremonial events

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

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Title(s): 
Burden basket with geometric design and leather strap
Creator(s): 
Unknown
Wieghorst Studio Collection (Collection)
Culture: 
Native American; Apache, Western (artist and user)
Date: 
circa 1900
Materials/Techniques: 
fiber, willow, rawhide, leather
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
From the Olaf Wieghorst Studio Collection. Gift of Mrs. Olaf Wieghorst
Accession No: 
84.2425
Department: 
Not On View

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