Baskets were one of the first art forms in the Americas, with basket fragments found in California and the Southwest dating to 9,400 years ago. Over the millennia, native North Americans developed elaborate techniques and intricate designs worked in local materials, from sweetgrass in Florida to black ash in the Northeast and deer grass in California, among many others.
Large Basket with Spiral and Cross Designs
Unknown artist (Native American, Ndeh [Apache]). ca. 1900.
Museum purchase through the generosity of the Bright
Collection of Guatemalan Textiles