sallybag01
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco
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sallybag01a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag01b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag02
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag02a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag02b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag03
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag03a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag03b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag04
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag04a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag04b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag05
Cylindrical Bag, by Natalie Kirk
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sallybag05a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, by Natalie Kirk
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sallybag05b
Cylindrical Bag, Detail by Natalie Kirk
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sallybag06
Cylindrical Bag, by Pat Courtney Gold
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sallybag06a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, by Pat Courtney Gold
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sallybag06b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, by Pat Courtney Gold
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sallybag07
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco
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sallybag07a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag07b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag08
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag08a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag08b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco-Wishram
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sallybag09
Cylindrical Bag, Umatilla
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sallybag09a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Umatilla
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sallybag09b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Umatilla
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sallybag10
Cylindrical Bag, Cayuse
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sallybag10a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Cayuse
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sallybag10b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Cayuse
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sallybag11
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco
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sallybag11a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag11b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag12
Cylindrical Bag, Cayuse
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sallybag12a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Cayuse
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sallybag12b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Cayuse
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sallybag13
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco
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sallybag13a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag13b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag14
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco
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sallybag14a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag14b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag15
Cylindrical Bag, Wasco
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sallybag15a
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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sallybag15b
Cylindrical Bag Detail, Wasco
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Flexible cylindrical baskets, also known as 'sally bags,' are a hallmark of Columbia Plateau weaving. Historically often identified with Wasco and Wishram peoples, they were also produced by neighboring groups like Umatilla and Cayuse. Over time, traditional fibers like dogbane and grasses have been augmented with new materials, including cornhusks, yarn, and even beads. Rims are often finished with leather, with loops to attach the basket to a belt. Sally bags could thus be used to carry and store roots and other foods, as well as medicines and personal items. Contemporary weavers, including Pat Courtney Gold and Natalie Kirk, continue to create sally bags, as illustrated by examples of their work shown here.

A sample of MNCH holdings is presented here, photo-documented by Roger Scott as part of the museum's ongoing digitizing efforts. Details of each basket 'start' are included — while not extensively documented, the initiation of a basket may be viewed as a signature identifying a particular weaver's work. Text by Pam Endzweig and 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.