About Contemporary American Indian Basketry

Today there are far fewer American Indian basket weavers and important cross generational training has been lost with time. Fortunately there are tribes working to preserve the traditions and knowledge for cultural preservation purposes but few can justify basket making to make a living. A number of tribes continue the art form including San Juan Southern Paiute, Navajo, Hopi, Apache, Kumeyaay and more. The most prolific contemporary American Indian basket weaving tribe is the Tohono O’odham (formally known as Papago) located largely in the Southwest corner of Arizona in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. They are true people of the desert. They continue to make baskets out of all natural materials; primarily beargrass, various forms of yucca, devils claw, and on occasion willow. Everything is painstakingly harvested, gathered, cut, peeled and prepared by hand. Artists transform them into amazing creations that reflect on their deep connections to the desert and on occasion exploring interesting modern themes. Explore our selection of contemporary American Indian basketry below – if you have any questions of our experts don’t hesitate to contact us at the email above.

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