Indigenous Basketry Show

This week-long, online show will feature hand woven baskets from Tarahumara, Tohono O'odham, Seri and Hopi artists.


 
Tarahumara Basketry
The Tarahumara live in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Southwest Chihuahua, Mexico. They are subsistence farmers raising traditional varieties of corn, beans, and squash. Many aspects of their lives have changed little over the past 1,000 years, and closely resemble the prehistoric Mogollon Culture of Southern New Mexico and Arizona. Their baskets utilize locally available raw materials found in Chihuahua's deep tropical canyons and vine covered mountain ranges. 


Tohono O'odham Basketry
The Tohono O'odham (Desert People) inhabit over 50 villages within their land in southern Arizona. They gather all natural Sonoran Desert plant materials by hand to weave baskets, in the same way as their ancestors. The inner coil, the warp, is made from split beargrass and the outer design, the weft, is typically made from soaptree yucca (natural green or sun bleached white). Sometimes other materials are woven into the basket's design using devil's claw (black), or in more rare instances, the root from the banana yucca (red).


Seri Basketry
The Comca'ac people (Seri) live in the villages of Punta Chueca and El Desemboque which are located in Sonora, Mexico between Hermisillo and Kino Bay on the coast of the Sea of Cortez. Baskets are crafted with fibers from the torote plant (jatropha cuneata) sometimes using a reddish-brown dye from the inner root of the white ratany plant. Vegetable dyes are made by soaking coiled plant material in boiling water until the desired color is achieved. Materials are gathered, then prepped by stripping the plants down to their pliable interiors prior to weaving. This dedication results in some of the finest and strongest basketry among native communities in the Southwest. 

Hopi Sifter Baskets
Sifter Baskets are woven by Hopi women on all three mesas.Plaited ring baskets are made from the narrow leaf yucca plant (yucca angustissima) and traditionally used for sifting agricultural products. This is the oldest type of utilitarian basket made in Pueblo Culture, and is also used  socially and ceremonially. 

Mayo Wire Baskets
The Mayo Indians of Northwestern Mexico created these delicate baskets made from copper or steel wire.