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Baskets Past and Present


Traditional baskets

Basketweaving styles and methods vary between different tribes. For example, Makah baskets are famous for their representations of sea life. Haida baskets are woven upside down, whereas Tlingit baskets are woven upright, and the latter tend to use dyed grasses and other materials for decoration. The Twana used cattails, whereas the Tlingit used spruce as the main basket material. In the next section, we will look more closely at the many different types of Tlingit baskets.

(Image courtesy of Teri Rofkar)

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