Sacred Water Flows In All Directions

Type of art: Basketry



Double woven rivercane basket was started with 96 rivercane splints that I harvested, split, peeled, trimmed and dyed myself. I used natural dyes of black walnut and blood root for the brown and orange that are woven within the basket. The most traditional basket weaving material of the Cherokee. Rivercane baskets were woven to last generations and were used in daily life for containers, mats, food preparation, etc. One of my favorite baskets to weave. A heirloom basket that will be enjoyed for many generations.

Materials: Rivercane, black walnut dye, bloodroot dye

Technique: Twilling: Traditional Cherokee diagonal double weave technique

Size: H 5" W 9.5" D 9.5"

Price: $2,800
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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