180816-064 Antique Hupa Hopper Basket
late 19th century
5 1/2" x 15 1/2"
A fairly rare item in excellent condition.
Acorns were traditionally ground with a stone mortar and pestle to make flour. The basketry hopper was used to keep the flour from spilling out of the mortar and was sometimes attached to the mortar with pitch.“Mush made from acorn meal was cooked and served in basketry bowls. Acorns were ground into flour, then mixed with water, and hot stones were dropped into the basket to cook the mush. As they cooled, the stones were removed and more were added. They were stirred to keep them from burning the bottom of the basket.”