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Chitimacha baskets
ca. 1890–1920
Cane, dye
21 x 11 x 13.7 cm, 18 x 18 x 10 cm, 13 x 13 x 14 cm
Purchase, Joseph Keppler Collection, gift of Dr. Margaret J. Sharpe
11/8264, 9558, 22/5207

Baskets of dyed and plaited river cane, specially made for gathering, preparing, storing, and serving food, were used by many Native groups in the Southeast. Chitimacha baskets are distinguished by the use of narrower split cane and the variety of complicated designs.

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