If baskets could talk they would tell us many things – who gathered the materials and carefully prepared them, who patiently wove them with intricate designs, what they were made to hold and carry, what their beautiful and creative designs mean.
Baskets tell the stories of the Cahuilla people. We can look and learn about the things that were important to them, how they lived and worked, and how they celebrated and expressed their connection to their environment.
The baskets in this exhibition come from southern California and especially from Cahuilla territory. Today, there are only a few Cahuilla basket weavers who produce baskets with traditional methods and designs. Their work is in great demand and Cahuilla baskets, new and old, are highly valued in collections around the world.
Some of these baskets are on exhibit for the first time in our 25 year history.