Basketry of the Papago and Pima

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The Trustees, 1916 - Indian baskets - 1 pages
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Page 222 - Modern Papago Baskets. general plan for Papago and Pima baskets is the same, a base of solid black, the entire wall acting as the field of design which is entirely filled with pattern. As to the design motives, there are several theories, both as to the origin and design significance. Dr. Lumholtz states in his narrative of the Papago: — That significance of decorative design is almost entirely forgotten. There is only one woman at the present time who is able to do first-class basket work and...
Page 191 - They had not pails or vessels of wood, but were not slow to invent. They therefore took willows which grow in abundance along the river, and a reed, and strip the bark, then very adroitly split these with their teeth, and wove them so closely as to hold water. This they accomplished by means of needles or thorns of cactus. They used these baskets while digging small ditches, the women filling them with earth aid carrying them up the bank.
Page 127 - Range, are scattered many of the Papago villages. Possibly in no other spot in North America has the Indian been less influenced by white men, so that old customs persist, even to the tattooing of the face by the older men and women. It was the villages of the Santa Rosa Valley and foothills, together with those of the Santa Cruz near Tucson, which were visited by the expedition, including San Xavier, Kioto, Little Tucson, Indian Oasis, Big Fields, Cababi, Comobabi, Vinumuku, Conquien, Quijotoa,...
Page 206 - ... martynia splints (Figs. 45-46) soaking in the dish, or the yucca wrapped in a dampened cloth for the binding element. Coiling is begun by most peoples with a bit of the foundation material bunched together, bound, and then coiled in concentric circles. Few tribes deviate from this method, but the Pima and Papago make a very different beginning, a plaited center, most commonly constructed with six strips of binding material arranged in two groups of three strips each, and during the making either...
Page 251 - ... baskets a dominance of light over dark for the reason given above (see p. 139). Another difference partially dependent upon environment is that of build, which results from a diversity in foundation materials : the Papago have the harsh beargrass which builds a stiff unyielding structure, but one of great durability, because of the strength of beargrass; the Pima are provided with the softer cat-tail which builds a more pliable, but less durable basket (see pp. 139 and 195). Aside from dissimilarity...
Page 191 - They, therefore, took willows, which grow in abundance along the river, and a reed, and stripped the bark, then very adroitly split these with their teeth and wove them so closely together as to hold water. This they accomplished by means of needles or thorns of cactus, of which there are over one hundred varieties in this territory.
Page 132 - ... between plant life and the technic employed in the various industries. In none of these industries is the interdependence more pronounced than in textile manufacture, for as Mason has said :— There is no work of human fingers that furnishes a better opportunity for the study of techno-geography, or the relationship existing between an industry and the region where it was developed than the textile art.2 The reason for undertaking this much considered topic in its relation to the basketry of...
Page 147 - The crudest form of wrapped weaving occurs on the hair brushes of the locality. The technic is merely a winding and fastening, as the fiber, grasses, or roots are simply bunched together and wrapped toward one end, at times with crude craftsmanship, at others more perfectly (Fig.

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