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North Highlands Community Museum

Basket, Gathering


Accession number: 1979.4.50
Date: before 1979
Materials: wood
Measurements: 29.1 cm L x 31.75 cm H
Culture: Mi'kmaq
Narrative: From the home of Effie and John Morrison. Includes wool. 
Description: Rectangle-bottomed, slightly rounded woodsplint sides. Checker-woven with woodsplint with two additional raised decorative "diamond" “jikiji'j” weaves near the bottom. It is a wide looped weave in the middle. Overhand handle set into weave. Rim is bound with woodsplint.
History of Use: There were two different uses for the Gathering Basket. First, Gathering Baskets were woven to gather and to store food and supplies. Traditionally nomadic, Mi'kmaq required sturdy baskets for traveling to the shores of the lakes in the summer and to inland camps in the winter. Second, Gathering Baskets were made to be sold at local markets.