Bird Migration

Type of art: Basketry

Planed maple splints trimmed to 1/8" width woven throughout basket. Chief's daughter pattern woven in the bottom. Birds of brown and orange commercial dyed splints are woven around the outside of the basket. The rim consists of 1/2" wide black ash splints bound by 1/8" black ash binder and buck brush runner is used to top the rim. The buck brush runner is looped around the top of the rim to give the basket a more finished look.

Materials: Planed Maple, black ash, buck brush runner

Technique: Twilling method of basketweaving

Size: H 5 1/2 " X D 8" X L 7 1/2 "

Price: $300
Vivian Cottrell
Cherokee Nation
(405) 471-7587
I am a generational basket maker. I follow my mother, aunts, grandmother and great grandfather who were weaving baskets, not so much to sell, but times to trade for other items or for use in daily living. Basket making has been an opportunity to educate the public as I travel throughout the United States attending National Indian Markets and Shows. Preparing weaving materials for 48 years, I made a commitment to our Cherokee culture in basketry at an early age. Weaving baskets and selling them to the Cherokee Gift Shop and other gift shops within the Cherokee Nation reservation was my first job. I was an entrepreneur in high school. I continued making baskets and selling them while I earned my degree in accounting. Traveling across Oklahoma working as an auditor, I would bring my materials and weave baskets during the evenings and weekends.
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