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Coiled basket (yiQus)

Photo: Susan Cole

Coiled basket (yiQus)

late 19th or early 20th century

Julia Anderson Meigs, (tsisdaws)

Upper Skgait, born 1860s or 1870s

Often passed down through generations as family heirlooms, baskets were mainly produced during the winter months, after families moved from the temporary food gathering sites back to the winter houses. Weavers would lay out plant fibers previously processed, dried and dyed, and with tools such as the awl, begin weaving baskets for domestic and ceremonial use.

Cedar root, horestail, beargrass, red huckleberry
12 x 13 x 10in. (30.5 x 33 x 25.4cm)
Gift of Vi Hilbert, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: Artist; Anderson family, Washington; Vi (Anderson) Hilbert, Washington, until 2005
Photo: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, S'abadeb - The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists, October 24, 2008 - January 11, 2009; Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC, November, 2009 - March, 2010

Published ReferencesBrotherton, Barbara, Native Art of the Northwest Coast, A Community of Collectors, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2008, p. 151, illus. 129

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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