Washo Pauite Beaded basket circa 1930 A1242

Nice little beaded basket with very little bead loss at rim. Clean and lovely. Great design and detail. Small and ready for your collection. 2 x 3.5

 

The people of the Washoe tribe of Nevada and California have long practiced the art of weaving. Both men and women created the tools and products necessary to make a living in a land that required seasonal movements. Heavy pottery or bulky wooden items were not suited to this environment nor to the mobile lifestyle of the indigenous people. Harvesting willow, sagebrush, tules, reeds, ferns, and other fibrous plants, the people who occupied the western Great Basin and eastern Sierra Nevada mountains made clothes, mats, shoes, containers, nets, twine, tools, shelters, and such—items that were light, easily transported, and durable.

This necessity-based approach to weaving underwent a dramatic transformation during the years 1885 to 1935 when a national appreciation of traditional native arts surfaced in association with the Arts and Crafts movement. Beginning in England and moving to the United States, the Arts and Crafts artistic philosophy rejected the excesses of the Victorian era and chafed against the industrialization of the new century.

Native arts in particular were valued as reflecting a more natural and thus truer relationship of man to nature. Baskets especially were valued as they easily lent themselves to an artistic expression and appreciation. Tourist destinations such as Lake Tahoe presented opportunities for many weavers to sell their work, while women such as Louisa Keyser (Datsolalee) became recognized artists whose work was supported by patrons. Although the baskets were sometimes originally valued for their supposed link to the past rather than intrinsic artistic merit, the end result created a legacy of remarkable weavers and baskets.