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Finding Aid for the California Indian Baskets, ca. 1800s-1900s
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Hupa, Karok, or Yurok storage basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass; willow or spruce root; maidenhair fern.
Design: obsidian.
This storage basket was probably made for sale. It is larger and sturdier than trinket baskets.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok cap 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass, spruce or willow roots; willow or hazel sticks; woodwardia fern dyed with alder roots.
Design: obsidian blade.
Worn as a ceremonial cap.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok storage basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: black fern; bear grass; spruce or willow roots.
Design: motif is known by two names, God's Eye or Morning Star.
This storage basket was probably made for sale. It is larger and sturdier than trinket baskets.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok trinket basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: maidenhair or black fern; woodwardia fern dyed with alder bark; bear grass; willow roots or hazel sticks.
Design: obsidian blade.
The elaborate decorative design indicates this is a trinket basket and probably made to be sold. Traditionally baskets this small were used to store tobacco.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok trinket basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: maidenhair or black fern; woodwardia fern dyed with alder bark; bear grass; willow roots or hazel sticks.
Design: obsidian blade.
The elaborate decorative design indicates this is a trinket basket and probably made to be sold. Traditionally baskets this small were used to store tobacco.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok woman's cap 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass, willow or hazel sticks; spruce or willlow roots; maidenhair fern.
Design: obsidian with worm's trail.
Worn as a ceremonial cap.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok cap 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass; maidenhair fern; willow root; willow or hazel sticks.
Design: snake nose and worm's trail.
Worn as a ceremonial cap.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok storage basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass, willow or hazel sticks; spruce or willow roots.
Design: Flint or obsidian.
This basket was probably made for sale as a storage basket. It is larger and sturdier than trinket baskets.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: conifer root, woodwardia fern.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok basket 1959

 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok large lidded trinket basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass; spruce or willow root; willow or hazel sticks; maidenhair fern; woodwardia fern dyed with alder root.
Design: friendship.
The fact this basket has a lid and handles may indicate it is a large trinket basket & probably made for sale. It is the size of the traditional cooking basket.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok cap 19th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass; maidenhair fern; willow root; willow or hazel sticks.
Worn as a ceremonial cap.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok trinket basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass; woodwardia fern dyed with alder bark; spruce or willlow roots; willow or hazel sticks.
Design: not traditional, may be based on a linoleum floor design.
The elaborate decorative design indicates this is a trinket basket and was probably made to be sold.
 

Wiyot man's hat 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: spruce or willow root; willow or hazel sticks; bear grass.
Design: simple pattern without named motif.
The simple design patterns indicate this was worn as an everyday work cap.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok trinket basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass; maidenhair fern; spruce or willow roots.
Design: flint.
The elaborate decorative design indicates this is a trinket basket and was probably made to be sold. Traditional baskets this small wre used to store tobacco.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok trinket basket with lid 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass; spruce or willow roots; willow or hazel sticks.
Design: snake nose; unusual black "button" on bottom of basket is wrapped with maidenhair fern.
The elaborate decorative design and the lid, indicate this is a trinket basket and was probably made to be sold.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok cap 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: woodwardia fern dyed with alder bark; bear grass; maidenhair fern; spruce or willow roots.
Design: old obsidian blade.
Worn as a ceremonial cap.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok trinket basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: maidenhair fern; bear grass; hazel sticks; willow or spruce roots.
Design: stacked wood.
The elaborate decorative design indicates this is a trinket basket and was probably made to be sold.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok trinket basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: maidenhair fern; bear grass; spruce or willow roots; willow or hazel sticks.
Design: friendship.
The elaborate decorative design indicates this is a trinket basket and was probably made to be sold.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok cap 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: bear grass; woodwardia fern dyed with alder root; maidenhair fern.
Design: obsidian with worm's trail.
Worn as a ceremonial cap.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok acorn bowl 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: willow or hazel sticks; spruce roots; bear grass.
Design: friendship (triangular motif).
The raised decorative band around the circumference of the basket indicates it was made to be used as a food bowl to serve acorn mush.
 

Wiyot food basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: willow or hazel sticks; spruce root; bear grass.
Design: obsidian blade.
The raised decorative band around the circumference of the basket indicates it was made to be used as a food bowl to serve acorn mush.
 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok cooking basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: willow or hazel sticks; spruce roots; bear grass.
Design: adaptation of a design used on hats for little girls.
The raised decorative band around the circumference of the basket indicates it was made to be used as a food bowl to make acorn mush.
 

Pomo basket with feathers and shell beads undated

 

Pomo feathered headdress undated

 

Hupa, Karok, or Yurok trinket basket 19th - early 20th century

Scope and Content Note

Materials: maidenhair fern; woodwardia fern dyed with alder bark; bear grass; spruce or willow roots; willow or hazel sticks.
Design: elkhorn, raised decorative rim is not traditional.
The elaborate decorative design indicates this is a trinket basket and probably made to be sold. Traditional baskets this small were used to store tobacco.
 

Panamint Indian basket undated

 

Shasta basket undated

 

Pomo basket with shell beads undated

 

Pomo miniature basket undated

 

Pomo oval basket undated

 

Panamint Indian basket undated

 

Panamint rectangular basket undated