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September 20, 2003 – January 9, 2005
Location: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
This exhibition features more than 200 of the finest examples of Native American baskets from the museum's collection -- from baskets used as utilitarian objects to those woven for the tourist market. The focus is on the process of making a basket, rather than the finished object. Highlights include a painted Haida woven hat, Pomo baskets woven by master artists William and Mary Benson, Karok bowls woven by Elizabeth Hickox, and a rare 19th-century Chumash presentation basket.