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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Native American - Woodland ➔ Market Basket

Identifier:
2017.16.33
Description:
Ash splint “picnic” style basket with carved ash handle. Deep, rectangular shape with rectangular base. Carved ash rim lashed to basket by means of ash splints that retain some orange color. Some light to medium brown color remains throughout basket; two weft courses in top half of basket retain some orange color.

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:
Ash Splints, Dyes, Ash Wood
Dimensions:
11 3/4"" h 14 1/4"" w 9 1/2"" d
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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