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The lost art of Native American Indian Basketry is being revived, and those who have the knowledge necessary to correctly weave the long forgotten and intricate designs are securing almost fabulous prices for their work.
Native American Indian Basketry has taught us to appreciate the beauty of primitive weaving, and furnishes the most striking illustration of the wonderful patience, fertility of resource and inventive genius of the aboriginal woman in using nature's materials,roots, grasses, twigs, vines, brushes, palm fibers, shells , and feathers, shaping them into useful and beautiful forms.
Native American Indian Baskets have entered most intimately in their domestic needs, religious and social functions. In infancy, cradled in a basket and carried on the long toilsome journey's of mothers back, hung from some tree branch, swayed by every passing breeze, the bronze baby's earliest recollection must have been associated with Native American Indian Baskets; baskets which filled every needed demand for cooking, burden-carrying and hoarding away of the garnered stores for winter use.
Baskets were the Native American Indian women's poems, the making manifest her ideals and longings for the beautiful. We are convinced from personal observation that no one, after thoughtfully examining or doing the work, can help regarding of a race now almost extinct, can turn away without a new interest and respect for the Native American Indians and their baskets. Hence we feel that Native American Indian Basketry will gain appreciation.