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Peace Pipe 1 pattern
Peace Pipe 1 pattern

This large upright storage basket was made by Lizzie "Nannie" Youngbird, a Cherokee woman of western North Carolina. The basket is woven from rivercane using the single weave technique. Baskets such as these were made to store domestic goods, from dry foodstuffs to clothing. The natural aeration of the single weave allows the stored goods to remain dry. The dyes used on this basket are from walnut and bloodroot, plants that were boiled with the natural rivercane until the desired color was reached. The design in the basket is the Peace Pipe pattern, with the "pipes" on the diagonal. The lip is marked with bloodroot and walnut stained bands in a linked Chain design. The design in the body of the basket is Double Chief's Daughters, the daughters represented by two small crosses within each interlocking square.


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