This basket was made by the mother of the basket owner, Adeline Francis. Adeline's mother was Elizabeth Wilson - nee McGee. Elizabeth was originally from Squirrel Cove but spent most of her life in Church House. The basket was used for storing clothes.
One Northern Coast Salish style slat coil cedar basket with lid. Basket is rectangular in shape with flaring walls with handles. One handle is broken and missing. Base is constructed of 7 slats of cedar wrapped with cedar root and the walls are 13 slats high. Basket has a shoulder approx. 3 cm wide, then a vertical slat which fits inside the lid. The shoulder is 3 rows of coils.
Basket design includes 4 diamond motifs on each side and 2 diamonds on each end. All diamonds have an inner diamond surrounded by an outer diamond. One the ends the inner diamonds are red and on the outer they are black. The design on the sides is the opposite. Red cherry bark beading around top row of the handle.
Edge of lid is bundle coiled and is 12 slats wide. The remains of a 4 stitch diamond motif are on the lid.
Techniques: slat coiled, bundle coiled, imbrication
Materials: cedar, cedar root, cherry bark
Overall Dimensions: 41cm long X 32 cm wide X 28.7cm high