Project Description

This very old basket was woven by Native Americans from an Apache tribe living in the Southwest.  It is called a Burden Basket because it was used to haul items that were gathered from the land and carried home.  This basket, with its tin tinklers, was also used in a special ceremony celebrating a young girl’s puberty.  The tin tinklers were made from tin boxes, possibly snuff cans, and woven into the basket design with leather straps.  It is a beautiful basket and has had a spot near the large fireplace at the home on the Brule River for many years.

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