Congressional Edition Volume 4549

Congressional Edition Volume 4549

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...there were receptacles for holding them. The basket maker herself has a kit of appliances for making her wares. One of the primary functions of basketry, if not the very first, was to contain or restrain something. The weir, fence, wing of the "game drive, wall of the house, besides many smaller objects of the coarsest weave were invented long before basketry became cooking utensils or works of ceremony. The myriads of Indian baskets sold at railroad stations and summer resorts have gone back to first principles and are made for the sole purpose of holding. In the north the small tools of the fur worker and trinkets arc easily lost in the snow. The workbasket or something in its stead is universal. About Point Barrow the Tinne (Athapascan) Indians make coiled baskets in several styles of weaving. These arc traded to the Eskimo. On the Bering seacoast of Alaska rougher trinket cases appear. The Attu makers of dainty wallets in grass, living away out on the Aleutian chain, are quite as skillful in the manufacture of cigar cases, which, by the way, are nothing more than two of their old-fashioned cylinders fitted one into the other and flattened. Receptacles of basket wood, with no other function than just to hold things, are to be found in all the areas of the Western Hemisphere, in all sizes from the granary down to the sheath for an awl, in every one of the technical processes and in every degree of fineness. It is the one function of universal application. Plate 108 is an ammunition holder in twined basketry from the Tlinkit Indians of Sitka, Alaska. It is ornamented by false embroidery. The interesting fact concerning this specimen is that as soon as these Indians came in contact with the Russians they began to imitate modern forms...
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 599g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783131
  • 9781236783134