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Part of Northwest Coast Hall.


The Nlaka’pamux made baskets for many purposes: to use as cooking vessels, cradles for babies, pack baskets, and for storage. Women wove the baskets of the roots and twigs of the cedar tree. Twigs or roots were arranged in coils, one beside or on top of another, and then stitched together with long regular strips of split cedar root. Designs were made by wrapping strips on the outside of the basket, a technique called imbrication. Grasses were sometimes dyed. Baskets could be so tightly woven that they were watertight.