(Timbisha Shoshone [Panamint], 1883–1967)
Willow, bulrush; coiled (3 rods)
Overall: 12.5 x 18.5 cm (4 15/16 x 7 5/16 in.)
Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert Price 1917.454
Sarah Hunter was the last Native basket weaver to live in the Saline Valley on the edge of Death Valley National Park.
Sarah Hunter’s basketry is noted for geometricized motifs reminiscent of the animals depicted in petroglyphs on canyon walls in the Death Valley region. Here they include pronghorn mountain sheep, deer, and birds, along with humans, all created in light-brown bulrush against a honey-colored willow ground. Traditional Indigenous basket weavers, who have exhaustive knowledge of the plant world, tend, harvest, and prepare their own materials. If stages of the process are not done properly and at the right time, color will be uneven and stitches will twist and split.
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