Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Collector:
Edward S. Curtis  Search this
Donor Name:
James "Jim" H. Graybill  Search this
Height:
4 cm
Width:
6.5 cm
Length:
10 cm
Culture:
Nootka (Nuu-chah-nulth) (?)  Search this
Makah (?)  Search this
Object Type:
Basket
Place:
Washington / British Columbia, United States / Canada, North America
Accession Date:
30 Aug 2012
Collection Date:
1887 to 1930
Notes:
Oval woven basket with lid. Basket body decorated with faded green (?) designs on natural ground, one on each side: two equilateral crosses with four arms bent at right angles (right-facing swastikas) are found opposite one another and two "Z" patterns opposite one another. On the lid, there are what appear to be two birds (?) (possibly hell-diver bird motif?) opposite one another in the same faded green (?).
Note: The swastika is usually considered a non-traditional Northwest Coast basket design symbol. It was popular in the early 20th century in Europe and North America as a good luck symbol but disappeared from use after it became negatively viewed because of its association with the Nazi party.
Record Last Modified:
14 Apr 2020
Specimen Count:
2
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
2058745
USNM Number:
E432835-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3e6a4fe7e-20e8-43c8-a1fe-c126eefc12d8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_10363434