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These baskets were come from the Seri people. The Seri live along the desert coast of the Sea of Cortez and call themselves Comcaac. Seri baskets or hataal are woven of haat or torote (limberbush/jatropha cuneata). Occasionally they use a red dye from the bark of the white ratany plant (heepol/Krameria grey). The black is generally an aniline dye.
The Navajo ceremonia basket with blue was woven by the award-winning weaver, Sally Black. 2.5 by 10 inches. $400. The one with he SPiderwoman crosses was woven by her sister, Peggy Black.2 by 11 inches. $450. (SANTA FE)
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.
The basket directly above is by Aurelia Molina. 14 inches across and 4 coils per inch. $400. A very unique design.
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This basket was woven by Patricia Martínez and shows the cardon cactus, a Seri man and woman and their dogs. 5 inches high and 5.75 across. $100.
BELOW: Katherine Kinale of Hopi made this tutsaya or yucca sifters with a Mudhead design (12 inches across and SOLD) and the other with the logo of the Arizona Cardinals. (15.25 inches across and $150.) (SANTA FE)
At left, a Hopi wicker basket 8 inches across. $125.
The two small baskets at bottom right are Seri. The geometric design is 4 by 6 inches and woven by Mgdalena Estrella. $75. The basket with the dogs and butterflies is by Margarita Astorga and measures 4,25 by 5 inches. $90.
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
Her work can be found in the collection of the Arizona State Museum.
Terri Goode, of the San Carlos Apache Reservation, has been making baskets for over 25 years, having learned from her mother and her grandmother, Adella Telto, a member of Geronimo’s band that was sent to Ft Sill, Oklahoma. Teri made her first coiled basket when she was 10 years old under her grandmother’s guidance. Her grandmother showed her what types of material are needed for both burden baskets and coil baskets.