180730-08 Fine Makah - Nuu-chah-nulth Indian Basket
2 1/4" x 3 1/2" x 4 3/8"
early 20th Century
Open Field body with fine weave, strong colors; sunburst on lid; Excellent Overall Condition.
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.