Posted 4 years ago
This is a gathering basket, I think made by a member of the Salish Native American tribe but it could also be another in that area of British Columbia. It could have been made by the Fraser or Thompson River tribes, they live/lived in close proximity to the Salish and weave their baskets very similarly. This basket is about 15 inches high (including the handle) and about 12 inches lengthwise, and about 8 inches wide. It was made probably around the 1920, maybe earlier. The basket is fully imbricated all the way around with Cherry Tree bark in two colors, Natural color and light Purple. I have only seen a few baskets like this with the light or dark purple coloring and I really like how they look. I also love the weave around the top of the basket and you can see tiny pins stuck in to help hold it straight up. A beautiful work of art. If anyone sees something I have written and has information about the style that I do not know about, please let me know. I always want the correct info about the baskets I have. I am a collector, but not an expert on all of them.