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Abenaki Knitting basket

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Wood splint baskets are a traditional New England Native American craft. They are often made of splints from ash trees and sweet grass. The baskets were traditionally made for exchange between close family members and friends to solidify and maintain important social relationships. In the 19th and 20th centuries many Native communities in New England made wood splint baskets for sale to the Euroamerican community and the tourist market. The tradition of exchanging baskets still persists as does making baskets for sale. An Abenaki basket maker made this basket in the early 20th century. It is made of splints, sweet grass and Hong Kong cord. It is a knitting basket made to hold a ball of yarn with a hole in the cover for the yarn to come out and needles to be stored.


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