In 1988 the donor of the basket indicated that it was made around 1918 by Marian Francis. Examination of early records failed to turn up a Marian Francis. The 1911 census for Church House lists a Frank George and a George Frank. George Frank was later known as George Francis. His wife's name was Mary Magdalene. Frank George was married to a woman named Mary Ann, which is spelled 'Marian' on some records.
One round Northern Coast Salish basket. Slat coil constuction. Decoration includes imbrication and beading. Primary decoration consists of an imbricated zig-zag line of 3 traditional colours. One row of bundle coil at top and handles: both decorated with beading (cherry bark strip).
Date of Manufacture: ca 1918.
Techniques: slat coil, imbrication, beading.
Materials: cedar root, cherry bark, corn husk
Overall Dimensions: 34 cm long x 2.75 cm wide x 34 cm high