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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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Untitled - 1962
Marcelle Ferron
oil on canvas (31.75x25.5 in) 1962
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Mount Schaeffer 56/100
Walter Joseph Phillips
Woodblock (9x10.25 in)
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The Yarmouth Light
Charles Comfort
oil on panel (10x12 in) 1930
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Early Settlement Days
Frederick Sproston Challener
oil (21x25 in) 1932
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Maple Syrup Time
Maud Lewis
oil on board (12x13.75 in) circa 1960
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Path of Gold 5/50
Walter Joseph Phillips
Woodblock (4.75x9.87 in) 1919
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Fox and Geese
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (8x8 in) 1973
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Vimy Mountain, Waterton Park
Alexander Young Jackson
oil (10.5x13.5 in) circa 1944
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Forest Portage
Ted Harrison
acrylic on canvas (24x36 in) 1984
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The Threshing Crew’s Lunch Break
William Kurelek
Mixed Media on Board (23.5x30 in)
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