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Tapering swamp grass basket (part a) with a lid (part b). Base has a red-brown checkerwork centre with wicker weave and plain twined weave on edges. Sides are wrapped twined weave. The main design of the basket (part a) consists of three sets of bands with the central cover band in blue and purple with yellow in a zig zag pattern, a top band of pink-red outlined with blue-green, and a bottom band of pink-red outlined with purple. The lid (part b) has a three part rotational design in pink-red and purple.


The donor said the objects in his donation should be known as the Hillyard Mitchell collection. Mitchell (1852-1923) spent much of his working life in the Northwest Territories, later moving to Victoria, B.C. The donor also said the collection came from his grandfather, F. Carson, who had gone to Saskatchewan in 1861 as a boy of 15, and stayed until 1918. He was a fur trader and trapper, working mainly amongst the Cree, and was recorded having been at Duck Lake and Prince Albert, Sask. It is now uncertain which objects were collected by Mitchell vs collected by F. Carson.

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Called "fern design" by Emmons, in Tlingit Basketry.

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