170713-176 Makah Indian Basket by Susan Johnson
Fine Native Northwest Coast Basketry
Makah Indian Basket
Has a note in it that says "Makah-style by Susan Johnson, Canadian. Cattail, cedar bark, raffia. Cross-stitch basket $25"
Cedar Bark, Bear Grass, Raffia
5" x 5" x 7 1/2"
mid to late 20th century
Note: I have found a reference to Susan Johnson at Makah as a basket teacher
of MELISSA PETERSON (Wa Lsi Bot) Makah
Strong Colors - Superb Weave
A Fine example
The Makah, are located across the straight at Neah Bay, WA.
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.