Basketry Plants Used by Western American Indians
Many Indian basket devotees are only vaguely familiar with plant materials used to create baskets, despite the fact that basketry identification depends, to a great extent, on recognizing the species of plants used in their construction. Justin Farmer, active in Indian basketry and cultural circles, an ardent weaver, collector, and student of Indian basketry, has selected thirty-seven of the most common plant species used by North American and Canadian Indian basket makers. Photos of each plant are shown in color as they were found in nature, and also a photo of the plant used in a basket. Specifics are given for fifty-seven of the Western American tribes, their basketry characteristics, weaving styles, techniques, and plants they used in coiling and twining. A paragraph with each tribe describes their indicative basket patterns. A valuable fold-out at the back of the book charts the tribes, plants and how the plant is used in a basket.