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Display of different baskets

A matted photo of a corner display of root and berry baskets as well as mats and bags. Hanging in the upper right hand corner is an inverted bell shaped basket. On the top edge of the matting is W.C. Curtis in pencil.

Balance Bag

Gathering Basket

Woman's Cornhusk Bag

Gathering Basket

Tule Basket Weaving Demonstration

In this video, Leanne Campbell from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians demonstrates a Coeur d'Alene method for making an egg basket out of tule reeds. Campbell uses a twining technique to lock together the tule reeds that form the basket. Campbell explains the method to CarylDene Swan providing instruction and feedback as they each create a basket. In addition to demonstrating how to make the basket, Campbell discusses some qualities of tule reeds that make them suitable for basket weaving. Swan describes how tule mats have adapted to newer Coeur d'Alene customs and how make hemp thread, which is traditionally used to hold the reeds together.

Tule Mat Weaving Demonstration

In this overview, CarylDene Swan from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians demonstrates how to create a tule reed mat. In addition to demonstrating how to create the mats, Swan discusses the materials required to make the mats,some of the traditional uses for mats, and the qualities of tule reed that make them useful for constructing shelters. Swan and Leanne Cambell, also from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians, discuss the experience of harvesting tule reeds.

Tule Mat Weaving Demonstration Overview

In this overview, CarylDene Swan from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians demonstrates the basic steps of making a tule reed mat. These mats served a number of different functions including the construction of lodging, floor coverings, and for serving food. A longer demonstration is also available through the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal.