Carrying & Storage (Personal Artifact->Personal Gear)

"Coyote's Tricks" Gathering Bag

Twined Pendleton wool yarn in isosceles pattern of orange, green, hot pink, on purple background; commercial hide edging. Sewn with hemp., height: 11"; Diameter: 7 1/2"Joey Lavadour was 15 years old when he learned from a tribal elder, Carrie Sampson, how to weave in the traditional style of the Plateau people — a tradition that goes back more than 10,000 years. “The art of weaving had never been lost to Carrie and her ancestors,” he says. “A continuum of knowledge flowed directly down to her and then passed on to me. I feel a great pride and obligation in being entrusted with that knowledge. Carrie always said that instead of weaving designs in what I thought were traditional colors, I weave together the colors that I see in my dreams.” Weaver Joey Lavadour worked at the Pendleton mill, “where spools of yarn created a vibrant backdrop to mindless work,” he says. “[Pendleton yarn] is of the same place I am, not just by virtue of manufacturing, but memories of blankets used by my family.” His “Coyote’s Tricks” Gathering Bag, 1998, represents this heritage.

Fish Bag

The Spokane River's spectacular falls draw cultures together. Before dams ended the salmon runs, an array of regional tribes gathered below the falls each spring to fish, trade and celebrate. To carry fish, they made natural grass or rush bags like this one. By 1908, railroads and bridges had nearly blocked the falls from view, but park planners championed the river gorge and its potential as a place for all to enjoy. Years later, the city removed the tracks for a World's Fair and faithfully replicated the historic Monroe Street Bridge. Today, Riverfront Park provides respite and cultural celebrations for residents and visitors, and eagles, osprey, herons and redband trout once again inhabit the gorge. Rectangular bag in vertical twining with braided sides. Mostly natural grass or rush with a few strands of blue and red yarn. Carrying loops at upper corners. width: 15"; height: 13"; Thickness: 1"

Willie Andrews

Indians Plateau Spokane Willie Andrews, Spokane Indian Clothing/Adornment, Statement of Extent: 7.5x9.5 A/P

Root Gathering Bag

Round, twined, cylindrical cornhusk bag. Bird and animal designs. Black fabric used in starting base. Braid at top edge with warp fibers clipped on inside., height: 7"; Diameter: 4 3/4"

Root Gathering Bag

Round, twined tule with a hemp base, plain with no decoration and cylindrical shape., Diameter: 3 1/2"; depth: 7"

Root Gathering Bag

Cylindrical, twined cedar with reed bag. Three horizontal dyed blue bands. Buckskin handle., depth: 7"; Diameter: 5"

Gramma's Gold Tooth

Contemporary twined cylinder bag of Hungarian hemp and cotton yarn, entitled "Gramma's Gold Tooth" featuring traditional southern Plateau images of: petroglyph face, sturgeon (with Hanford sturgeon), deer, and condor. The base has concentric circles of red, white, and blue, indicated by maker as "honors our soldiers in Afganistan fighting the President's war." (per maker's notes), height: 5 3/4"; circumference: 12 1/2"

Root Gathering Bag

Round, hemp, twined, cyllindrical bag with no decoration., Diameter: 5 1/2"; depth: 6"; circumference: 18"

Root Gathering Bag

Deep, round twined bag with three human figures and two birds, bows and cross designs worked in dark brown. Warp turned to inside at rim and clipped, leaving fringe. Cord attached at center bottom. 7 rows per inch 5 stitches per inch, height: 6 1/4"; Diameter at Top: 4 1/2"; Diameter at Bottom: 4"

Root Gathering Bag

Round, twined, cyllindrical bag. Hemp and cotton weft at top and base, balance cornhusk. Geometric designs., Diameter: 5"; height: 8"