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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Native American - Woodland ➔ Basket With Carved Handle

Identifier:
2017.16.29
Description:
Large round ash splint basket with carved ash handle. Round base and rim. Color: some ash splints undyed, most retain some brown color; interior of basket and the exterior of basket’s base retain dark brown color; selected weft segments have been colored with orange and yellow dyes to form a decorative criss-cross/diamond pattern on basket exterior.

Part of a collection of Native American artifacts, chiefly Potawatomi and Ojibwa baskets and related objects, donated to the Grand Rapids Public Museum by Gordon Olson.
 
Gordon Olson acquired many of the baskets and objects between 1974 and 1979, when he was Assistant Director of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. He acquired an additional group of baskets in the 1990s when he purchased a collection of Potawatomi baskets from the Ritchie family, which lived near the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan (formerly known as the Gun Lake Band of Grand River Ottawa Indians).
 
Date:
circa 1900
Materials:
Dyes, Ash Wood
Dimensions:
13 3/4"" h 12 1/2"" w 12 1/4"" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift of Gordon L. Olson
Links:
https://www.potawatomi.org/news/top-stories/1842-gun-lake-potawatomi-elder-and-his-family-of-black-ash-basket-weavers;http://blog.nmai.si.edu/main/2014/03/conversation-with-basket-maker-kelly-church.html;http://mbpi.org/our-history/;http://www.nativetech.org/;http://basketmakers.com/topics/bymaterial/blackash/blashmenu.htm;http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/features/030410basket.aspx
Maker/Donor
Gordon L. Olson
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