- Museum number
Basket made of basketry.
Diameter: 13.90 centimetres
Height: 12.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Freer label: "Water bucket Ancient Kliketat E. Oregon. No longer made.".
Ethnography Department Christy Collection registration Slip: "136. Stiff basket of coiled work, bucket shaped, the interior brown, the exterior straw coloured with step patterns in black and brown. Kliketat, Oregon.".
Associated letter: "Oct 26- Another break in this letter. Could not be otherwise-Mrs. S. continues helpless- broken off past .... Everything in sixes and sevens for there are their reasons. Hope you will excuse this scrappy letter. Have many thoughts to write you but not now. Cannot collect my thoughts. Perhaps not worth much if were collected. Fine old baskets are all or nearly all on the hands of collectors who will not sell for "Love or money". Baskets that were worth 25 years ago $2 to $5 cannot now be bought for less than 15 to 50 dollars even when the owner can be pursuaded to part with them at all. Kliketat baskets are not to be had at any price. The women who used to make them are all dead. I doubt if there has been one made in the last 50 years, perhaps not in this century. The tribe is extinct or lost in other tribes. They once- 50 years ago occupied internal Washington State with Kyoucas, Nez Perces etc. Some Californian indians still manufacture baskets- patterns slighty changed from old style. These can be bought for reasonable sums. A genuine Alaskan basket is priceless- few in market.
I want to send you a few pages from my journal kept in Oregon about "Icten" (relics or curios) hunting but shall not be able for a time to prepare them. What do you think about the big fossil .... I sent you? .... in the .... of .... .... 80 feet from sea level. Great Lakes of them- hundreds and thousands of tons of them-
I cannot get that fine "Olla" out of my mind. The box must have met earthquake shock! Was the box broken- the skulls ground to fragments? If I succeed in trading for the little one left with me the other day (for sale) you shall have it. It weighs about 15 pounds. it is not so symetric in outline as the great .... I do not think the young man will ask more than $15 or $20 for it. The craze for "curios" seems to be on the upward grade- don't know where it will stop- perhaps at the top but where is that? No one likes a beggar but excuse me if I beg for a fragment of glazed .... -Roman .... , .... in .... !! Mrs. S. and our little girl join in regrets for lost "Olla"- also in kindest rememberances of the pleasure your visits gave us- and hope some day to see you again in Cal. yours in X- Rev Summers".
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1900C3.81 (old CDMS no.)