Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Native American Indian Baskets Online

To help preserve Native American Indian history, members from the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild recently visited the University of Oregon to go over more than 1,500 Native American Indian baskets collected by school's Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Most Native baskets are from the 18th and 19th centuries when they became more important as decorative items traded for money after tribal life collapsed due to white invasion. "We've seen some real gems," said Lynn Beard. She said many baskets were often repaired and handed down through the generations. Some were so cherished that their owners would not trade them to Lewis and Clark when the explorers encountered Northwestern Native American Indian tribes. The Native American Indian baskets will be eventually be displayed in a digital artifact library available online for all to see.

For Native baskets from the north, see Native Inuit Baskets.

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