Native American Indian Facts

American Indian Basket Facts

Skokomish twined basket
Skokomish Basket

Introduction

From ancient times to the present, Native Americans have created baskets. In fact, basket weaving is one of the oldest known crafts. Native American Indian baskets range from very simple to elaborate and colorful works of art that took great skill to make. This artwork often involves secret techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation among Native American Indian mothers and daughters. It is not uncommon for a well-crafted basket to contain over one hundred thousand stitches! Below is information about different basket-weaving techniques, what materials were used in making them and the names of the tribes who made several well-known styles. Whether you are an adult or a kid, you will also understand why these baskets required the work of skilled artisans to produce them.

American Indian Basket-Weaving Materials

Types of American Indian Baskets

American Indian Basket Making Techniques

Although there are variations to the basic methods, there are generally four types of basket weaving techniques.