Cradle, Basket

1966.1.211

Creation Date
1931 – 1955
Materials

Dimensions

50.800 cm. H x 29.210 cm. W Item (Overall)

Description
"This basket is made for a very small baby (see 210 for larger basket). It measures 20 inches by 11 1/2 inches and is woven from willow after the bark has been removed by the teeth. It was made by Emma Frank, an old Hoopa Indian, one of the best weavers left. When I asked her how old she was, she counted on her hands, saying she was so many snows and so many snows old." A child requires several baskets of varying sizes as it grows. The baby sits on the bottom part of the basket which is filled with an absorbent material. These baskets can be carried by the mother or hung in a tree to keep the baby off of the ground and out of harm's way. This particular basket was made by Emma Frank who was considered to be the finest basket-weaver of her time.

Related People and Organizations
Frank, Emma Dushey
Helbing, Cleora
Frank, Emma

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