Tohono O'odham Basket with Handles
Tohono O'odham basket with handles
Basketry weaving is one of the oldest Native American traditions and technologies. The American Southwest has been and is still home to some of the finest basket makers. Tohono O'odam (formerly referred to as "Papago") baskets are made using a coiling technique. Beargrass is often used as the foundation of the basket with soaptree yucca leaves used for beige and yellow-green coloring, devil's claw seed pods for dark black, banana yucca root for red-brown, as well as other natural dyes.