Vintage Native American Ash Splint Basket Passamaquoddy Penobscot Wabanaki


Brand Etsy

This is a fairly large Native American basket made of ash splint with Hong Kong cord roping. Due to the presence of Hong Kong cord on the basket, it dates to the 1930s. Hong Kong cord was used briefly as a substitute for twirled sweetgrass, which was very labour intensive to make. The ash splint is dyed in a tone of bluish green, which has faded over time. It was made by a member of an East Coast Native American Indian tribe, probably Micmac, Pasamaquoddy or Penobscot but it might even be Iroquois, Im not sure. This basket measures 10 1/2 in diameter and 3 5/8 in height. The basket is in very good condition and displays very well - there is a bit of staining on the underside (view the last close-up photo), but otherwise, no other major issues. This is a lovely example - many hours of work went into making this wonderful 90 year old (or so) example of Native American Indian handwork!