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Basket Designs

of the Mission Indians of California

A. L. Kroeber - 1922

 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint

Another great work from the American Museum of Natural History,  Kroeber discusses basket designs associated with the Mission tribes as he has defined them:

ôThe so-called Mission Indians of southern California include the Southern and Northern Diegue˝o; the Cupe˝o; the Desert, Pass, and Mountain Cahuilla; the Luise˝o; the Juane˝o; and the Gabrieli˝o and Fernande˝o. The Diegue˝o are Yuman; all the others Shoshonean. The several Serrano divisions, whose habitat adjoined that of the foregoing groups on the north, were also more or less brought under the missions; but so far as basketry is concerned, their affiliations have not been determined. The more remote of the Serrano, such as the Kitane-muk, made baskets of the San Joaquin Valley rather than southern California type, as might be anticipated from their location. In general, the Mission Indians comprise all the groups in American California south of Tehachapi Pass except the Chemehuevi and the Yuman tribes of the Colorado River.

The Chumash to the west of the Gabrielino adhered to the southern California culture, and their basketry is similar. It presents certain distinctive traits, however, and as it is a dead art represented by a small number of preserved specimens, whereas most of the other southern Californians still make baskets in numbers, a separate subjoined consideration of Chumash ware and designs seems advisableö

This 6-1/2" x 9-1/2", soft cover book contains 50 pages including the 7 full page plates of baskets as well as 97 illustrations including the full page of design elements.  $8.95  


Diegue˝o design

Cahuilla design

Juane˝o design

  Design elements


Sample  Plates - click on image to enlarge