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Burden basket

Northern Paiute burden basket
ca. 1910
Willow, horsehair, wood splints
76 x 71 cm
Frederick W. Skiff Collection

Great Basin women made many kinds of baskets for specific jobs in collecting and processing plant and animal foods. Burden baskets woven of split willow or other plant fiber over a stick-rod foundation were made in both coarse and fine weaves. Finely woven baskets were used to collect, carry, and store seeds, nuts, and berries. Open-work baskets were used to transport large plant products, such as pine cones, or to move household goods.

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