Rectangular coiled cedar root basket with cedar slat foundation and walls that flare slightly towards rim. Decorated in beaded designs of cattail grass and black dyed cherry bark. Darker elements arranged in a butterfly design. Butterflies are said to represent everlasting life by Stó:lō and Nlaka’pamux basket makers. Overcast handles sewn to basket with leather ties. One has been repaired with string. Finished with a braided rim. Triangular shaped stitches attach base to walls of basket.
Interior Salish: Stl’atl’imx?
Basket, ca. 1895-1910, from the collection of the L. Claude Hill family, who owned the property that became the Burnaby Village Museum. According to the Hill family, L. Claude's wife Anne Sarah Hill (nee Kendrick) traded blankets for baskets, although it is not known if this particular basket was obtained in this manner. Indigenous people travelled the trail that crossed Deer Lake Brook (Douglas Road / Canada Way).
Measurements: width 24 cm and length 44 cm and depth 18 cm. All measured from top edge to outside.