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Cradle Basket
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Cradle Basket Detail
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Basketry Hat
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Basketry Hat Detail
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Gambling or Winnowing Tray
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Gambling or Winnowing Tray Detail
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Basket ("blackbirds flocking" Design)
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Basket ("blackbirds flocking" Design) Detail
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Basketry Quiver
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Basketry Quiver Detail
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Flat Basket with Tumpline
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Flat Basket with Tumpline Detail
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Basketry Hat “God’s eye” Design
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Basketry Hat “God’s eye” Design Detail
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Basket “clam” Design
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Basket “clam” Design Detail
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Flat Circular Mat
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Flat Circular Mat Detail
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Carrying Basket
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Carrying Basket Detail
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Fish Scoop
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Fish Scoop Detail
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Basketry Hat Lake Motif
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Basketry Hat Lake Motif Detail
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Basket with Arrowhead Design
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Basket with Arrowhead Design Detail
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Gambling or Winnowing Tray
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Gambling or Winnowing Tray Detail
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Basket with Arrowhead Design
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Basket with Arrowhead Design Detail
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Baskets of the 19th and 20th centuries form the heart of the museum's Native American ethnographic collections. Centering on the Far West, they comprise about 1500 items, representing Oregon tribes, as well as those from adjacent regions, including Washington, California, the Southwest, Great Basin, British Columbia, and Alaska. The Museum's more than 200 Klamath baskets have recently become the focus of a University of Oregon Master's project by Klamath tribal member Gordon Bettles, and have been photo-documented by Roger Scott as part of the museum's extensive digitizing effort.

Exceptional for its range of forms and designs, the collection also represents a continuous link to archaeological weavings thousands of years old, found in dry caves of the nearby High Desert. A small sampling of the baskets is presented here with information drawn from Bettles’ research. Web development by Robert Voelker-Morris and Keith Hamm. Images © UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Production of this gallery was generously supported by The Ford Family Foundation.