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Looking Back: Siletz Basket Makers
Published: 09/04/2013
 
Photo Courtsey of the North Lincoln County Historical Museum

Basket making is a Native American cultural tradition for the Siletz people on the Central Oregon Coast.

Early Siletz tribal members wove intricate baskets using spruce root over hazel switches, cattails, rushes, cedar bark and even the fine fibers of wild iris leaves. These useful and beautiful baskets were often embellished with bear grass, dyed woodwardia and maidenhair fern designs. Some 50-year old designs remain as bright and colorful today as when they were first created. Pictured is Minnie Lane, basket maker and tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz with some of her collection baskets.

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