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Rivercane Basketry

Biography of Clara Darden
Cultural historian Ivan Gaskell, the Winthrop curator of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts at the Harvard Art Museum has authored a biography of Chitimacha River-cane basketmaker Clara Darden (c.1829-1910) in the July-August 2010 issue of Harvard Magazine. The article includes a photo gallery of stunning double weave and single weave Chitimacha rivercane baskets.

Cherokee Basket Designs
Graphed versions of several designs for twill plaited single and double weave Cherokee baskets.

Chitimacha Rivercane Baskets
Melissa Darden explains the history and production of rivercane baskets and mats. She offers a selection of single and double weave baskets for sale on her personal site and Louisiana Folklife Center offers a Biography

Chitimacha Basketry
John Darden, museum interpreter and assistant curator at the Chitimacha Museum in Charlton, LA describes the process of preparing rivercane for single and double weave baskets.

Choctaw River Cane Baskets
The ancient craft of swamp cane basketry is presented by Choctaw.org

Choctaw Split Cane Basketry
Photos document the Louisiana Folklore Project about the traditions of Choctaw rivercane basketry.

Cherokee and Southeast Indian double woven baskets
Peggy Sanders Brennan has assembled a variety of resources about bias plaited rivercane baskets and natural dyeing.

Cherokee Baskets at Auction
 

There always seems to be interesting Cherokee baskets up for auction.

John Darden
Profile of this Chitimacha Split Cane basketmaker from South Louisiana.

Melissa Darden
Profile of this Chitimacha Split Cane basketmaker from South Louisiana.

Harvesting and Processing River Cane for Weaving
Description of the process of the harvest and processing of rivercane for use in basketweaving.

Swamp Cane Baskets
Janie Shumake and her daughter Norma Thompson are Choctaw basketmakers. Site pictures the processing of the cane and several colorful twill plaited cane baskets. 

Weaving Cherokee Double Woven Baskets
Step by step instructions for weaving a Cherokee Double Woven Basket with lots of color photos.

Weaving Traditional Oklahoma Cherokee Baskets
Step by Step instructions for weaving a Traditional Oklahoma Cherokee Double Walled Basket using round reed is offered by Charlotte Coats.

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