Both useful and beautiful, Native American baskets have been an indigenous art form for literally thousands of years. The oldest remains have been dated to over 10,000 years ago, but most of the baskets that survive in collections today were made after the arrival of Columbus and before the end of the 19th century. Baskets are usually made from untwisted or twisted strands of natural fibers. They can be sewn using the coiling method or woven using plaiting or twining techniques.

Those made in the late 18th and 19th centuries exhibited the growing influence and European forms and materials. By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Native Americans mostly stopped making baskets altogether, as tribes became increasingly fragmented and American goods became pervasive. The craft reemerged in the 20th century as primarily a decorative art, making baskets marketable commodities rather than functional goods.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

First American Art

First American Art

The companion website to First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art, which… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

Small Antique Circa-1900 California, Hupa, Native American Indian Basket, NrVintage Native American Indian Pauite Great Basin Tribal Beaded Coil Basket YqzVintage Native American Indian Pima Southwest Tribal Coil Plate Tray Basket YqzLarge Antique Native Indian Apache Polychrome Basket TrayLarge Vintage Native American Indian Apache Pima Navajo 15" Coiled Basket #3 Yqz Excellent 1800's Indian / Native American Pima Basket-old CollectionLarge Vintage Native American Indian Apache Pima Navajo 13" Coiled Basket #2 YqzVintage Pair Of Native American Indian Pima Southwest Tribal Coil Baskets Nr YqzAlaska Eskimo Baleen Ivory Basket Seymour TuzroylukeVintage Native American Indian Pima Southwest Tribal Coil Plate Tray Basket YqzFine Old Antique Native Indian Apache Basket TrayVintage Set Of 3 Native American Indian Pima Southwest Tribal Coil Baskets YqzFine Rare Old Northwest Coast Lidded Makah Nuu-chah-nulth Pictorial Basket C1900Vintage 1940s Authentic Native American Apache Pima Papago Basket Pictorial ArizFine Large Old Northwest Coast Lidded Makah Pictorial Basket C1900Large Vintage Native American Indian Apache Pima Navajo 14" Coiled Basket #1 YqzRare Old Yupik Eskimo Pictorial Lidded Storage BasketVtg Southwest Native American Indian Hopi 10" Coiled Plaque Plate W Hanger NiceAntique Large Lidded Papago Navajo Basket 12 X 9.5 Inches Antique Circa 1900 Native American Basket With BeadsTohono O'odham "man In The Maze" Horsehair BasketEarly 1900 Native American Alaska Tsimshian Lidded Basket With Diamond PatternAntique Native American Blanket Box C 1930s Nr 19thc ~hupa~hat/basket..Fine Early 1900 Large Native American Pacific Nw Makah Nootka Rectangular BasketVery Fine Old Northern California Hupa Yurok Karok Indian Basket C1900Very Fine Weave Antique Native American Nw Makah Nootka Lidded Basket Ca.1900Vtg Native American Indian Pima Southwest Tribal Coil Teacup & Saucer Basket YqzAntique Native American Apache Basket Bowl - Super Fine WeaveHopi Coiled 14" Indian BasketLarge Mission Indian Basket 11"w X 41/2"h Native American Basketry Vtg Native American Indian Pima Southwest Tribal Coil Bowl & Tray Basket Nr YqzEarly Apache Basket 7" Diameter- Extremely Fine Condition2 Large Exceptional Northwest Coast Alaska "tlingit" Indian Potlatch BasketsGreat Old 7 1/4 In. Pima Basket Tray Great Condition N R.North American Indian Makah Nootka Tribe Hand Woven Basket??? 4 ½ "x 2 ½Excellent Native Southwest Indian Basket7 Vintage Hopi Basket Rug Motif Designed 925 Silver Domed Concho Button CoversSet 3 Tohono O'odham Horsehair Pot/basketsVintage Micmac Indian Splint Ash Basket W/ Large Ring Handles, Lots Of TwistsOrig Penobscot / Wabanaki Maine Native American Covered Sweetgrass Sewing BasketKoasati Coushatta Armadillo Animal Effigy Basket Pine Needle Lidded RareFinely Woven Lidded Vintage Makah Indian Basket From The Northwest CoastHupa Basket W/lid - Naitive American Antique Vintage Native American Indian Pima Papago Basketry Bowl Basket Native American Pima Papago Indian Woven Bowl Geometric Design Estate Item NrNative American Tohono O'odham Handwoven Willow Basket Linda Johnson Yucca Root10 In. Vintage Papago/tohono O Odom Figural Basket Tray With BirdsFine Antique Northern Ca. Native American BasketLarge Antique Cherokee Rivercane Double Woven Basket Native American 12" X 14"American Native Indian Decorative Hand Made Basket Round Excellent No Reserve!4 In. Pine Needle Vintage Coushatta Indian Lidded Basket/louisianaAntique Vintage Native American Indian Pima Papago Basketry Bowl Basket Cherokee Basket Signed Msl - 2002Small Mission Indian Basket 3"w X 6 1/2"h Native American Basketry 6 In.well Made Papago/tohono O Odom Vintage Basket With Devils Claw Whirl DesignVtg Southwest Native American Indian Coiled Basket Geo Pattern Hopi Or Pima NiceVintage Native American Indian Papago Woven Lidded Basket BasketryPapago Native American Indian BasketAmerican Native Indian Decorative Hand Made Strawberry Basket Excellent Nr!