Yavapai Apache Basket
Yavapai Apache handmade tray woven of willow and devil's claw. These earlier, finely woven Apache trays were made most often for Apache consumption as gifts or for ceremony. Later toward the beginning of the 20th century many baskets were made for trade at the Trading Posts and along the stops for the new Santa Fe railroad. The design of this basket features a mixture of men and coyote tracks. This basket was made using a knife, an awl, and the weaver's skill. This is a particularly finely woven and early piece that exemplifies the early Apache weaving skill for basket weaving. There are few Apache basket makers today.