Gathering and Storage Baskets
Food gathering was essential to life, and baskets for gathering
often were uniquely engineered.
Traditional clam baskets were woven in openwork, so the gatherers
could rinse off the sand in the sea. Berry baskets were designed
to hang from the picker's waist, leaving the hands free. Burden
baskets were worn like backpacks for carrying heavy loads of firewood.
Once food was preservedmashed salal berry cakes, baked
camas and bitterroots, dried and pounded salmonit was packed
for storage in baskets.
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