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Coast Salish Baskets

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

A selection of basket created by the Coast Salish nation are mounted in a display case. © AMNH

Exhibition Text

The Coast Salish wove baskets for storage, transport, and cooking. The cooking baskets were made of cedar roots by the coiling technique. Baskets made by the twining technique were used chiefly for storage, and burden baskets were either twined or coiled. Decorative designs were made by a technique called imbrication in which colored grasses or roots were woven into the baskets so that they showed on the outside only.

Collection Information

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BASKET
Catalog No: 16 / 8856 Field No: 72D
Culture: QUINAULT
Locale: WA, FRASER RIVER
Regions: NORTHWEST COAST, OREGON SEABOARD, PLATEAU
Country: USA
Dimensions: H:9 D:13 [in CM]
Acquisition Year: 1901 [GIFT]
Donor: PEABODY, GEORGE F.
Collector: C. F. BRIGGS, MR. AND MRS.

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BASKET
Catalog No: 16 / 4891 Field No: 11
Culture: QUINAULT
Locale: WA
Regions: NORTHWEST COAST, OREGON SEABOARD, PLATEAU
Country: USA
Dimensions: H:14.5 D:15.5 [in CM]
Subject: FLOUNDER DESIGN
Acquisition Year: 1898 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: FARRAND, LIVINGSTON

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BASKET, ZIGZAG DESIGN
Catalog No: 16 / 4889 Field No: 9
Culture: QUINAULT
Locale: WA
Regions: NORTHWEST COAST, OREGON SEABOARD, PLATEAU
Country: USA
Dimensions: H:16 D:17.3 [in CM]
Subject: ZIGZAG OR CROOKED DESIGN
Acquisition Year: 1898 [EXPEDITION]

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BASKET, COILED
Catalog No: 50.2/ 844 Field No: 4
Culture: COWLITZ
Locale: WA, COWLITZ
Region: OREGON SEABOARD
Country: USA
Dimensions: H:12.5 D:12.2 [in CM]
Acquisition Year: 1917
Donor: HAEBERLIN, HERMAN K.

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BASKET
Catalog No: 50 / 2478 Field No: 9C
Culture: COWLITZ
Locale: WA, COWLITZ COUNTY
Regions: OREGON SEABOARD, PLATEAU
Country: USA
Dimensions: H:13 D:16 [in CM]
Acquisition Year: 1901 [GIFT]
Donor: PEABODY, GEORGE F.
Collector: C. F. BRIGGS, MR. AND MRS.

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