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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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Le Cheval Blanc
Jean Paul Lemieux
oil on canvas (8x10 inch) 1984
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Evening, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Edwin Holgate
oil (13x10 in) 1922
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Going To Church
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (11.5x13.75 in) circa 1958
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Huskies Howling to be Free
William Kurelek
Oil on Panel (9.25x24.75 in) 1968
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Kitchen in a Poor Home in 19th Century Podilia
William Kurelek
pen & ink (14.5x23 in)
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A Pause on The Jasper Parkway
Robert Genn
Acrylic (16x20.25 in) 2013
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East Coast Sunday, The Maritimes
Adrian Dingle
oil on panel (8x15 inch) 1965
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Fishing Boat in the Harbour
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (12x16 in) circa 1964
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L'Echelle des Souieres
Alfred Pellan
mixed media (14x8.5 in) 1948
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Abandonned Farmhouse
Leo Mol
Oil (12x16 in) 1958
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