#B168
North America/Arizona
Tribal Group: Hopi

Basket, coiled yucca, from
Second Mesa in HopiLand.
Mudheads are hand-woven
into the pattern.

Vintage, ca pre-1998

Size: approx 6" h X 9" dia.

US$1200

 

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. "

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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