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Report 1890 On the North-Western Tribes of Canada By F. Boas

Pg. 636: Their household goods are made principally of basketry, in which they excel. Basketry of the Shuswap and Ntlakya pamuq is sold extensively to the tribes of southern Vancouver Island. Their baskets are made of roots of the white pine. The roots are dyed black with an extract of fern root. and red with an extract of alder bark or with oxcide of iron. Very beautiful patterns are made in these three colours. Baskets are used for storing, carrying, and cooking provisions.
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus Ponderosa) is still healthy and thriving.
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus Ponderosa) needles are used to make baskets
Mortality of Ponderosa Pine due to Western Pine Beetle
Ladies making pine needle baskets
Pine needle baskets workshop demonstration 2006

For information on Pine Baskets

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Mail: Carroll Draney P.O. Box 316 Savona, BC, Canada V0K 2J0