ERIC Number: ED282706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Basketmaking among the Karuk.
Bennett, Ruth, Ed.; Shaw, Carolyn Risling
A description of basket weaving techniques and materials used by the Karuk Indians of northwestern California includes illustrations and Karuk language terms so that the booklet may be used to enrich Karuk bilingual classes as well as to interest knowledgeable basketweavers. A section on materials discusses identifying, gathering, and preparing willow and hazel sticks; sugar pine, pine, and willow roots; bear grass; woodwardia and maidenhair ferns; porcupine quills; and alder bark and moss for dyes. Illustrations of and Karuk words for materials and preparation processes supplement the text. A section on basket types describes baby baskets, burden baskets, sifting baskets, eel basket traps, acorn pounding baskets, storage baskets, acorn sifting baskets, cooking baskets, acorn soup bowls, decorated baskets, tobacco pouches, and basket hats. Illustrations of each basket type, Karuk terms, particular characteristics of each basket, and its use in Karuk society accompany each description. A final section provides step-by-step instructions for starting a basket including soaking, body positioning, frame of mind, start a basket with open and closed weave twining, adding sticks, and color overlay designs. Each step is clearly illustrated. A Karuk Unifon alphabet and an Indian Unifon alphabet are provided. (LFL)
Descriptors: Adult Education, American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Languages, American Indian Studies, American Indians, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Design Crafts, Elementary Secondary Education, Handicrafts, Native Language Instruction, Plant Identification
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ.-Humboldt, Arcata. Center for Community Development.
Identifiers: Basket Making; California; Cultural Literacy; Karuk; Karuk (Tribe); UNIFON Alphabet
Note: For related documents, see RC 016 276-282.