This is a distinctive small plate in sun dried yucca contrasted with brown devil’s claw in an inverted mountain design.
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 made in a covered stitch style; it is made out of Bear grass (coil), split yucca, and devil’s claw. The inverted mountain 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.
Condition: Excellent – original condition
Provenance: Acquired from my family’s private collection in Texas.
Recommended Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner.