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Object #1-400
Object nameTumpline
Culture of OriginCoast Salish
MaterialsHemp, Wool, Blue, Orange, Red, Tan
TechniquesTwined, Braided
DimensionsL: 316.0 cm, W: 6.5 cm
Exhibit LabelA carrying strap, called a tumpline, was tied by its trailing ends to loops near the rim of a basket, with the broad center of the strap passing across the forehead or chest of the carrier. The long, tapered tails of the strap could be adjusted for various loads such as firewood, bundles of mats, or baskets. (Holm, Spirit and Ancestor, 1987)
SourceEstate of Caroline McGilvra Burke
CreditCaroline McGilvra Burke Collection

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