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Catalog Number 04186
Object Name Basket
Collection Eliza Padgett
Date c.1930
Tribe Cherokee
Description Cherokee, natural with contrasting bands. Vase shape, wicker work with scallop top edge and base. Made of honeysuckle or sumac runners; buck brush is a plant that doesn't grow in the area of the weaver but it is a colloquial name for sumac.
Dimensions H-8 Dia-8 inches
Material Fiber/Dye
Provenance Made by Mrs. Eliza Padgett, Cherokee.

The following description was included in a letter to the Historical Society, about the donor, from 1934:
Mrs. Padgett is about sixty-seven years of age and lives on her allotment near Stilwell, Oklahoma. She gathers the runners of Buck bushes which grow there on the hill near her home. These runners are boiled in wood ashes which form a lye loosening the bark so that it can be removed. She makes all of her own dye. The brown from walnut, purple from poke berries and the orange from pecune root. She boils the runners in the juices made from these plants. While the runners are still damp she weaves her baskets. Basket weaving was taught to Mrs. Padgett by her mother, a Cherokee from North Carolina.
Search Terms Native American
Category Native American Pottery Baskets