160114-09 Fine Makah - Nuu-chah-nulth Indian Basket
1 3/4" x 3" x 4"
Strong Colors - Superb Weave
A Fine early example with strong red, purple and yellow dyed bear grass.
The Nuu-chah-nulth inhabit the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Makah, are located across the straight at Neah Bay, WA. Both tribes made very similar basketry.
The basketry is done in in the closed wrapped twining technique, usually using the inner bark of the red cedar for the foundation warp and stationery weft, and using beargrass (Makah) or slough grass (traditionally Nuu-chah-nulth although the materials are often traded between the two tribes), both of which can be dyed with natural or commercial dyes.