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Sturdy coiled baskets were often made by the Coast Salish People of peeled and split cedar root. The coils themselves are made from the rough inner root and are sewn together with the shiny outer part of the root. The basket is often decorated with imbrication in which dyed pieces of material such as beargrass, cherry or cedar bark, or horsetail are folded accordion style and sewn into the coils themselves.

Bark was dyed either shredded or in strands. It took the colour best when still wet with sap. Red was sometimes created by chewing the red inner bark of the red alder, then coating the wet cedar bark with it so the colour bled into it. For black, year-old cedar bar was buried for a time in black swampy mud which stained it permanently.

Historical Sale Highlights

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Shoreline Scene
Farquhar McGillivray Knowles
oil on panel (8x5.5 in) 1880
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Indian Encampment, Lake Memphramagog
Cornelius Krieghoff
oil on canvas (18.75x26.5 in) 1854
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Untitled Landscape
James Edward Hervey MacDonald
oil (8.5x10.5 in) 1930
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Three Black Cats
Maud Lewis
Oil on board (11.25x11.75 in) circa 1960
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Untitled Still Life
William Goodridge Roberts
oil on panel (25x30 in) 1955
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Late Summer, Centre Island
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (48x24 in) 1972
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Indian Encampment, Kettle Falls
Frederick Arthur Verner
watercolour (11.75x18.25 inch) 1878
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18th Century Wheel Carriage
William Kurelek
pen & ink (23x14.25 inch) 1970
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Tranquility
Rita Letendre
acrylic on canvas (30x40 in) 1970
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Algonquin Park
John William Beatty
oil on panel (8.5x10.5 in) 1914
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