A twilled basket attributed to the Atakapa culture, an indigenous people of the Southeast Woodlands along the Gulf of Mexico. Several Native American tribes located along the Gulf are known for their fine basket craftsmanship. These baskets are traditionally made from grasses and canes local to the regions cultures reside within. The baskets are woven in a variety of shapes and are dyed black, red, yellow, or naturally colored. They were largely made for storing, preparing, and serving food, and trading with neighbors. Contemporary basket makers keep these craft traditions alive. Thomas Colvin, basket maker and student of Choctaw basket makers, identifies this basket as Mississippi Choctaw style. An old museum tag with artifact and on artifact itself may identify that this is Cherokee.


  • Title: Twilled Basket
  • Location: Louisiana, United States, North America
  • Type: Basket
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): E360927
  • Photo Credit: Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Ethnology
  • Accession Date: 1931-Mar-20

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