CHEROKEE BASKET - Rivercane grain basket

What is this?

This is a basket made to store grain. It is an example of a basket made using traditional Cherokee methods of weaving.

 

How is it made?

This basket is woven using a double weave pattern. A double weave pattern makes a strong, tight basket. Some baskets can even hold water.

 

What is it made of?

This basket is woven together using rivercane or cane that is found along river banks. The dark color is a stain made from walnut hulls.

 

Who made it?

This basket was made in the 1930s by Lottie Stamper, who taught traditional basket making on the Qualla Reservation in Cherokee, NC.