Contributed by Abbe Museum
Wabanaki basket makers often form their baskets around blocks, or molds. Blocks are often passed down in families, used by many generations of basket makers. The use of blocks also allowed basket makers to standardize certain forms of baskets, which helped meet the market demand for their work.
Among the Wananaki tribes, it is believed that, basket making is a skill that has been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years. Wabanaki baskets are made from brown ash tree, also known as the "basket tree."
Many tribal people used basket selling as a way to make a living outside of non-native towns and cities and, toward the turn of the century, when resorts and vacations began to appear in places where Wabanaki villages used to be.
About This Item
- Title: Basket block, ca. 1860
- Creator: Penobscot
- Creation Date: circa 1860
- Subject Date: circa 1860
- Media: Spruce
- Dimensions: 15.25 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm
- Local Code: 3032
- Object Type: Physical Object
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Abenaki Indians
- Indians of North America--Maine--Implements
- Indians of North America--Maine--Penobscot Indians
- Basket making--Equipment and supplies
- Penobscot Indians
- Implements, utensils, etc.--Maine
For more information about this item, contact:Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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