So yesterday’s pretty basket turned out to be made by Sarah Walker not Kate. But these baskets both Annie Peterson and collector Agnes Sengstacken’s notes agree these ones were by Kate, who Annie said was a Lower Umpqua or Siuslaw woman married to “Fat Tenmile Tom”.
The Sengstacken notes say this one was made around 1894.
She made this basket around 1889:
Kate, aka xwálxwal (eyes), was clearly a skilled weaver. I wish I could find more information about her, but this is almost all the information I’ve been able to find out about her (along with Annie’s comment that she went blind in later years). In Corporal Bensell’s list of Indians around Coos Bay captured and taken to Yachats in 1864, he does list a “Fat Tom and Mrs. Fat Tom” as well as a child of this couple. Could his “Fat Tom” be the same one that Annie called “Fat Tenmile Tom”? No way to be sure (there were a lot of Indian men nicknamed ‘Tom’, but how many on top of that also had the appellation ‘Fat’?) but it does make one wonder.
The Sengstacken notes also say basket 2-13223 is also one of Kate’s: