SOLD Chitimacha Elbow Wormtrack Basket by Melissa Darden

$210.00
Living along the Bayou Teche in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, the basket makes of the Chitimacha found the cane nearby, but with modern development, they have to travel long distances for their materials.

The cane is gathered, split into long strips and the split cane is then peeled with the teeth. The cane is then dyed using black walnut for black, dock plant for red and a lime solution for yellow. This is a single weave basket, which were typically made as wall pouches. The design is called a Worm Track.

Indigenous to the Mississippi delta and Atchafalaya Basin of south-central Louisiana, the tribe’s population was a flourishing 20,000 in 1492. After centuries of attacks and encroachment by the French, Spaniards, English,and American government, the culture was nearly decimated, reduced to 69 people in 1910. Today the Chitimachas number around 1,000, and their indigenous split-cane basket making, once essential for food storage and preparation, construction, sleeping, and burying the dead, has faded.

Chitimacha baskets are quite collectible and this is a beautiful example. It was in a private collection with one owner and gently displayed.

Details:
Artist: Melissa Darden, Chitimacha
Size: 6 1/2" High x 6 1/2" Wide X 1 5/8"
Material: Louisiana Native Cane
Condition: Pre-Owned Great - Like New

About Melissa Darden:
When Darden was in her early 20s, only four or five Chitimacha basket makers remained, including her grandmother, Lydia. All were elderly. Melissa was 14 when she quit school, 15 when she married, and 16 when she had her first child. Back then, her career aspirations were nonexistent and her Native heritage, as the daughter of a Chitimacha father and Caucasian mother, a mystery. But Darden, now 51, has evolved into one of her tribe’s leaders when it comes to preserving a traditional aspect of Chitimacha culture.
Living along the Bayou Teche in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, the basket makes of the Chitimacha found the cane nearby, but with modern development, they have to travel long distances for their materials.

The cane is gathered, split into long strips and the split cane is then peeled with the teeth. The cane is then dyed using black walnut for black, dock plant for red and a lime solution for yellow. This is a single weave basket, which were typically made as wall pouches. The design is called a Worm Track.

Indigenous to the Mississippi delta and Atchafalaya Basin of south-central Louisiana, the tribe’s population was a flourishing 20,000 in 1492. After centuries of attacks and encroachment by the French, Spaniards, English,and American government, the culture was nearly decimated, reduced to 69 people in 1910. Today the Chitimachas number around 1,000, and their indigenous split-cane basket making, once essential for food storage and preparation, construction, sleeping, and burying the dead, has faded.

Chitimacha baskets are quite collectible and this is a beautiful example. It was in a private collection with one owner and gently displayed.

Details:
Artist: Melissa Darden, Chitimacha
Size: 6 1/2" High x 6 1/2" Wide X 1 5/8"
Material: Louisiana Native Cane
Condition: Pre-Owned Great - Like New

About Melissa Darden:
When Darden was in her early 20s, only four or five Chitimacha basket makers remained, including her grandmother, Lydia. All were elderly. Melissa was 14 when she quit school, 15 when she married, and 16 when she had her first child. Back then, her career aspirations were nonexistent and her Native heritage, as the daughter of a Chitimacha father and Caucasian mother, a mystery. But Darden, now 51, has evolved into one of her tribe’s leaders when it comes to preserving a traditional aspect of Chitimacha culture.

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