Artwaves: Native American Basket Preservation

Sep 6, 2017

Hupa Artist and Tribal Advisor Brittany Britton works on the installation of the College of the Redwoods Native American Basket Exhibition.
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A new College of the Redwoods exhibit is a chance for visitors to view some of a historic collection the college purchased  nearly 40 years ago. 

This multi-year project led by CR Art Professor Cindy Hooper has as its goal to not only exhibit but honor and better understand history. According to information received from CR, "the Alice Spinas/Redwoods Collection of Native American Basketry is comprised of 212 objects of Native American basketry, regalia, and utilitarian objects from the Yurok, Karuk, Hupa, and Wiyot tribes of Northwestern California. College of the Redwoods purchased this collection in 1978 from local educator Alice Spinas in order to promote coursework and research in Native American culture, and the collection remains an important resource for our students and community to study the art, history, and culture of the region’s indigenous people."

Cooking and Eating Basket Display at the College of the Redwoods Exhibition of Native American Basketry.
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Artwaves speaks with CR Art Professor Cindy Hooper and Hupa artist and Tribal Advisor Brittany Britton. Hooper began this project nearly three years ago. The goal is to clean, preserve and display these historic items again for the CR community and the public. 

Gambling Tray by Karuk Weaver Nettie Ruben (1920-1930), College of the Redwoods Native American Basket Collection.
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And Britton has put in many months of work on this alongside Hooper. Many of these baskets are now available for public viewing and scholarly study on the second floor of CR's Student Services/Administration Building.