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Painted lodges - Piegan. Edward S. Curtis

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Arts and Crafts: Basketry

Baskets and the making of baskets were important to many different American Indian cultures. A Keyword search for basket will generate a lengthy list of photographs of a variety of different baskets; the following are just a few examples:

Study photographs of baskets from several different Native American cultures. Answer the following questions:

  • How did the baskets differ in design? Consider shapes, patterns, and materials used.
  • What were the different uses of baskets? How functional were they? Are baskets used in the same ways today?
  • What inferences can be made about the culture of American Indian groups from their baskets?