Publication date: 1995
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Weavers of Tradition and Beauty
Basketmakers of the Great Basin
Weavers of Tradition and Beauty presents new information on contemporary Native American basketry of the Great Basin, largely from the viewpoint of the weavers themselves. In collecting their stories, Kathleen Curtis and Mary Lee Fulkerson traveled throughout Nevada, never dreaming their odyssey over back-roads and to reservations would stretch into years.
Finding a deep connection to the people of the sage, the authors accompanied the weavers as they gathered and prepared their special willow, dyed the bracken fern root, and wove their baskets. Baskets—and the people who weave them—have always been revered and honored by Native Americans. Fulkerson and Curtis depict, in text and full color and black and white photographs, how their art prevails—even over adverse environmental, social, and economic conditions.
Today, contemporary weavers from the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes continue their work by creating baskets in the manner of their ancestors. Teaching their children and grandchildren how to weave baskets, these artisans carry on a long and strong tradition. By documenting the basketry of Nevada's native people, the authors make a significant contribution in preserving this ancient and beautiful craft. Foreword by Catherine S. Fowler.
“Basketweavers of the Great Basin are paid tribute in a remarkable book. Weavers of Tradition and Beauty: Basketmakers of the Great Basin honors not only the baskets but all the strands that carry on tradition—the People, the land, the materials, the myths, a certain frame of mind which weavers share.... This book is friendly and personal—you meet the weavers, their families, and students.”
—California Indian Basket Weavers Association Newsletter
Robert Baker, Jr.
Rebecca Eagle Lambert