This shallow basket was probably woven in the Papago era, before 1987 when these Indians changed their name to Tohono O’odham Papago meaning the Desert People. It has the vintage feel of a tightly woven piece of basketry. The star design is made with devil’s claw which gives a wonderful contrast to the off-white yucca background. Note the four-way start of the basket in its center that is visible on top and bottom, which is typical of the majority of round Tohono O’odham Papago baskets.
Provenance: Acquired from my family’s private collection.
Recommended Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner.