NORTHERN MIWOK BASKETRY

The Northern Miwok made a variety of baskets using coiling and open work techniques.  In Amador County, the last time people were actively making traditional baskets was in the early 1900's.  There was a significant period of time in Amador County when basket making became dormant.  Although many people still knew the knowledge of basketry, there really wasn't a need to continue making basketry due to the change in the type of living and the change in food processing occurring after the 1920's.  Basketry became replaced by modern pots and pans, as did mechanical and electric powered grinders replaced the aboriginal grinding methods.  It wasn't until the 1970's that people took interest in this style of basketry and began learning how to make them again.  Although there are a few people who have learned how to make Northern Miwok baskets, the most proficient weavers in this style of basketry alive today are Jennifer Bates and her sister Kimberly Stevenot.

Here are the names of some of the basket types in the Northern Miwok language.  

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