Tribal Group: HOPI

Basket, Plaque, Wicker
Traditional 3rd Mesa Style.
Bue, Gold, Red.

13" diameter

Joan Mononoye

Our fellow collector/dealer, Steve Elmore writes:

"Hopi baskets are truly the last ethnographic baskets being made in Native America and remain an essential component of traditional Hopi culture even today."

"...the baskets are also essential to the Hopi carrying on their traditional way of life, and the baskets have many social and ceremonial functions besides that of mere utility. For example, certain women’s dances require each dancer to have a basket
to participate, and of course, many of the kachina ceremonies use traditional baskets. Hopi baskets also serve as a kind of currency within the community. They are traded, used for
paying obligations, and often sold to traders and collectors
for real currency. Significantly, the baskets are essential in
each traditional Hopi wedding, as the bride’s family pays
back the groom’s family for making the bride’s wedding
clothes with baskets. This ‘payback’ can take a year or
more to complete and require the making of up to a
100 new baskets. The size of the payback is a real point
of pride for the bride’s family as well as all the individual
women who wove the baskets. Carrying on such traditions
and ceremonies are one of many ways that the Hopi are
able to preserve their distinct culture. are two principal
kinds of baskets: wickers which are made on Third Mesa
and coils which come from Second Mesa villages. Coils are considered sturdier and harder to make than wickers which
have a pleasing texture to their sweeping openness. Kachina images, as usual, command higher prices and more attention. The wickers are made from scrub sumac and the coils from
yucca and galleta grass."

Quotation from Steve Elmore published material does not constitute endorsement or confirmation by Steve Elmore
of any estimates
relative to this specific basket.
His opinion is provided for general information only.


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