Current Location:
Shelf U2 (OS) -> Box 269
Location Notes:
IDC; Open Shelving; Section U; Shelf U2; Box 269

Black Ash Hamper

Artwork
Identifier:
2002.125.1
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
Gift of Marge M. Berkins
Medium:
Black Ash
Date:
1850
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 25 in Width: 17 in Depth: 17 in
Description:
Woven basket in brown wood strips with lid and decorative loops.
Historical Context:
Traditionally, in Native American culture the black ash holds great significance due to its role in the legend of black ash basket making. According to the story, Black Elk was a man who recieved a vision from the Creator. He was told that when he died, a tree would grow out of the ashes from his cremated body. From this tree, his people could prepare strips to create baskets, teaching them patience and also giving them a way to provide for their families through selling and trading the baskets. This sacred art, along with its story, has been passed along from generation to generation.