EVERY FEW WEEKS WE WILL SPOTLIGHT A DIFFERENT ARTIST AND HIS OR HER WORK.
Horse polychrome basket by Terri Goode. This is her contemporary interpretation of older Apache baskets that included horse motifs as well as Miwok designs to acknowledge her father’s tribe and her heritage. Woven from sumac (tiin kushii a - “sour water”), devils claw (baii - “milk” as the chewed seeds are said to taste like milk), wild mulberry (ith tee - ‘gun’ -because it was also used for making bows), and redbud (cercis canadensis) from California (from her father’s reservation (Miwok). This particular basket incorporates what she calls “white grass” (calledhúlup in Miwok) which is gathered in the Fall. In the Spring it has tiny purple blossoms but the plant soon withers down to the roots so a stake must be placed nearby in order to re-locate it come Fall. 15.5 by by 9.75 by 4 inches. (TUCSON)
Currently living close to Mescalero Apache country Terri wove this of available materials, so in addition to willow for the coil and the seed pod of the devilsclaw plant for the black, she used 'white root' for the lighter color. It comes from a grass-like plant that grows along the Rio Grande, and which is no more than knee-high but has sturdy light-colored roots that she collects and prepares. 13.25 inches across and about 1.25 inches deep. $1275. The one at right depicts a Gaan Dancer - also known as a Mountain Spirit Dancer. 11 inches across and about 2 inches deep. $975.