I had a very emotional and spiritual experience touching a basket remnant dating to 700 years old, approximately…As I touched the basket, handling the warps and wefts, I felt that I was touching the hands of the weaver while she twined and crossed each weft. Her spirit and my spirit connected. I was blessed by an ancient weaver.

Pat Courtney Gold, contemporary, Chinookan basketweaver, upon analyzing a cross-warp basket found at Sunken Village.


Bessie Pickernell and some of her baskets. Image courtesy of Margaret Lorton [Payne?]