Length: 50.000 cm
AOA SL 1218;AOA SL 1219
From: south-eastern North
Date: early 18th century AD
Baskets have been important to many North American peoples for thousands of years. They are lighter and more flexible than pottery containers.
A Cherokee woman wove this basket from river cane, a tough woody grass found in rivers. Some river cane baskets are naturally waterproof, but this one is too loosely woven. By dyeing pieces of the split cane in different colours, and then weaving the strips in various ways, striking patterns have been made. This one was brought to London 250 years ago, and perhaps contained peace pipes.