Basket, c. 1900
Plant fibers, quail feathers
Gift of Vanessa Laird and Timothy Raylor 2014.149.16a,b
On View in Gallery 281
This basket, made in the early 20th century by an Indigenous woman artist in California, incorporates locally harvested materials including grasses and roots, gathered through a deeply complex understanding of the local ecology. Harvesting is just the beginning of a long process of the preparation of materials that must happen before each artist can sit down to weave.
Image: Public Domain. Gift of Vanessa Laird and Timothy Raylor