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Dentalium are white, tusk shaped shells that have been valued as money and beads for millenia among Native people. The usual dentalium people preferred in Oregon was a species known as Dentalium pretiosum. They are a kind of snail, living … Continue reading

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Beaded basket

So this is a cute little beaded basket from the collection Agnes Sengstacken donated to UC Berkeley in 1929.  The typed up notes state it was made around the year 1900 by a woman named “Jane Baker”.  Jane Baker…I had … Continue reading

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Kate’s baskets

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 … Continue reading

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Kate’s beautiful baskets

photo from Phoebe-Hearst, UC Berkeley The basket above is a very beautiful one that is in the same collection at Berkeley as the basket caps I wrote about in yesterday’s post. EDITED TO ADD: Nan MacDonald pointed out that in … Continue reading

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Basket caps

The Phoebe Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley, California, has a large collection of baskets and other artifacts collected in western Oregon by Agnes Sengstacken.  Among them are several Coos Bay and Siuslaw baskets.  When Melville Jacobs worked with Annie Peterson … Continue reading

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