American Basketry


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Basketry." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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From Resource Library in chronological order:

Weaving a Collection: Native American Baskets from the Bruce Museum (2/18/07)

People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory (1/25/05)

Clara Neptune Keezer: A Legacy of Passamaquoddy Basket Making (9/11/03)

The Responsive Eye: Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art (7/26/03)

Milton Avery Revisited: Works from the Louis and Annette Kaufman Collection (7/11/03)

Walk in Beauty: Hózhó and Navajo Basketry (4/15/03)

Woven Worlds: Basketry from the Clark Field Collection (2/19/01)

Crafting Utopia, The Art of Shaker Women (10/22/00)

Weaving Culture: Baskets from the Museum of Northern Arizona Collections (10/18/00)

Fibers & Forms (7/21/00)

The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft (4/2/00)


TFAO references:

As of 4/15/13 TFAO Digital Library contained


Other online sources:

Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art, an exhibit about basket makers in South Carolina's Gullah/Geechee region, held October 4, 2009 to January 10, 2010 at the Fowler Museum / UCLA. Includes press release. Accessed December, 2015.

Hold Everything! Masterworks of Basketry and Pottery from the Heard Museum is an online exhibit of the Heard Museum. Includes texts and images. Accessed January, 2015.

Tree and Tradition: Brown Ash and Native American Basketmaking an online exhibit from the Hudson Museum. Accessed January, 2015.

Dr. Mark Sublette, owner of Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson and Santa Fe, has created a channel of YouTube online videos on topics relating to Native American baskets, weavings, pottery and carvings. As of 2011, titles included:

For baskets:

Accessed May, 2015.


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