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Native American Baskets221 of 248Hupa Basket Salish Basket made for John McClelland Jr.
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Posted 5 years ago


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This is a purse basket, so cute! When I saw it I had to have it. It is made of Ash splints and Sweet Grass and there are only two small breaks in the splints. There are no breaks in the parts that you would think, like the sides where the purse bends in when closed. Whoever owned this before me, they sure took care of this beauty! I am not sure which tribe made this, Penobscot or Passamaquoddy. If someone looks at this and recognizes a particular tribe please let me know. It is small, only about 7 inches high (including the handle) and about 6 inches long by about 3 inches wide. I fell in love with this basket the moment I saw it!


  1. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 5 years ago
    After closer inspection of the purse basket, I have noticed that the two splints that look like they have broken off, are not at all. The weaver instead placed them under the larger splint going downward. I do not know how I missed this. But it really does give the basket a different line as your eyes are drawn to that place on the basket and it does look like the tiny splints going sideways are broken when they are not. It reminds me of how many things that were made by the Native American had a place or two that were intentionally done different. And on some, like this basket (I have had this for almost 2 years now and just noticed it) it takes awhile to see that it really was not a mistake at all.

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