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Tohono O’odham Cylindrical Basket

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  • Category: Bowls and Other Forms
  • Origin: Tohono O´odham - Papago People
  • Medium: grass, yucca, devil’s claw
  • Size: 3-3/8” deep x 5” diameter
  • Item # C3876Q
  • Price: $250.00

The Tohono O’odham are a Native American people of the Sonoran Desert, residing primarily in the state of Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora. Tohono O’odham means "Desert People." The federally recognized tribe is known as the Tohono O'odham Nation.

The Tohono O’odham have rejected the former name Papago, used by Europeans after being adopted by Spanish conquistadores from hearing other Piman bands call them Ba:bawĭkoʼa. The Pima (Akimel O’odham) were competitors and referred to the people as Ba:bawĭkoʼa, meaning "eating tepary beans." That word was pronounced Papago by the Spanish and adopted by later English speakers.

This cylindrical basket is one probably made in the pre-World War II period, to be sold to the tourist market.  It is too small to serve a function in a Native home.  The basket has a rich warm patina which attests to its age.  It has a design of stepped squares hooked to adjoining ones in chain-like manner.  The yucca is wrapped over a grass bundle and the design is made from the wild plant, Devil’s Claw.

 

Condition: this Tohono O'odham Cylindrical Basket is in very good condition

Provenance: from the estate of a former client from New York

Recommended Reading: Southwestern Indian Baskets: Their History and Their Makers by Andrew Hunter Whiteford

Close up view of the side wall of this basket.

  • Category: Bowls and Other Forms
  • Origin: Tohono O´odham - Papago People
  • Medium: grass, yucca, devil’s claw
  • Size: 3-3/8” deep x 5” diameter
  • Item # C3876Q
  • Price: $250.00

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