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Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

Basket, Gathering


Accession number: 1981.19.01
Date: after 1880
Materials: wood, ash; metal; leather
Measurements: 32.7 cm W x 25.2 cm H x 18.3 cm DepthArtifact sheet lists diameter as 37.6, despite the fact that the item is not circular.
Culture: Mi'kmaq
Narrative: Leather hinges possibly repurposed from a belt ? Woven in the Mi'kmaq tradition of splint basketry (see library book "our lives in our hands" p.74 for similar fishing creel made by a Mi'kmaq basket maker living in Maine). 

Sherman was an avid fisherman who lived beside the harbour.  He would have used this creel often.
Description: Medium-sized basket of checker-woven woodsplint made of hand-pounded ash wood. Rectangular-woven with oval sides and a flat side to be worn against the body. 2 small holes left in weaving at the top of flat-backed side to thread loops for attaching to fishermen's waistbelt. Basket rim is finished by being sandwiched between 2 thicker wood strips nailed together with small nails. Thin plywood lid is attached by 2 leather hinges. A rough rectangular hole is cut into left side of lid for inserting fish. The lid is secured by means of a wooden, notched piece of wood which is inserted into the front centre upright of the creel, protruding over the top. The lid when closed is held in the notch.