Posted 6 years ago
This is a basket I got about 2 years ago, made by a member of the Tohono O'odham tribe. It is almost 9 inches tall including the round handle on top, and about 7 inches in diameter. Probably made in the 1940's or earlier and also probably made for the tourist trade. This basket was made with Yucca leaves and Devil’s Claw or Bear Grass (black). The bottom has the classic 4 way start in the middle and is single rod construction under the weft. I do not have many baskets made by the Tohono O'odham, but when I saw this one, I loved it.
This part is taken from Wikipedia, in reference to the name Tohono O'odham and Papago:
The Tohono O'odham are a group of Native American people who reside primarily in the Sonoran Desert of the southeastern Arizona and northwest Mexico. "Tohono O'odham" means "Desert People." Although they were previously known as the Papago, they have largely rejected this name (meaning literally "tepary-bean eater"), which was applied to them by conquistadores, who had heard them called this by other Piman bands who are very competitive with the Tohono O'odham. The term Papago derives from Ba:baw?ko?a, meaning "eating tepary beans", which was pronounced Papago by the Spanish.