Figurative Friendship Basket
ca. 1910
15" x 12" x 5"
Objects, Tule using twine and coil techniques
Region: California
Culture: Yokut Culture
Unlike most California groups, the Yokuts of the San Joaquin Valley were organized into tribes, with a central government and defined territories. The well-designed bands of human figures with linked hands which circle this basket symbolize unity among the tribes. Rings of diamonds are also common in friendship baskets and are believed to refer to rattlesnakes, which are significant in Yokuts mythology.