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Storage basket and cover for mesquite beans

Desert Cahuilla [Torres-Martinez Reservation/Torres-Martinez Band]
USA; California; Riverside County, Imperial County; Torres Martinez Reservation

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  • Description:

    In a yard, Alena Levi (Levy), on left, adds arrow weed to the bottom of a large granary basket (072271.000). Another woman and a man look on. According to Edward H. Davis, the basket did not have a bottom, but he asked Levi to add one before he bought the item from her.

  • Culture/People:

    Desert Cahuilla [Torres-Martinez Reservation/Torres-Martinez Band]

  • Date created:

    October 30, 1917

  • Photographer:

    Edward H. Davis (Edward Harvey Davis/E. H. Davis), Non-Indian, 1862-1951

  • Place:

    Tova (Agua Dulce), Torres Martinez Reservation; Riverside County; California; USA

  • Format/Object name:

    Silver gelatin print

  • Collection History/Provenance:

    Edward H. Davis owned a ranch outside San Diego, California, and became fascinated with local Indian people. The collection of Native objects he developed attracted the attention of George Heye, who purchased many items from Davis and hired him as a field collector in 1916. Photographs by Davis from southern California and northern Mexico probably accompanied the objects he sold to or collected for MAI.

  • Dimensions:

    3.25 x 5 in.

  • Catalog number:


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