Der Strandkorb (literally beach basket) is a chair designed to provide comfort and protection from sun, wind, and sand on German beaches. They’re used on the North Sea and Baltic Sea coast and can be rented. The Strandkorb is said to have been invented in 1882 by basketmaker Wilhelm Bartelmann in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on request of a tourist from Warnemünde. In 1883, they were first announced as rentals. The first models were single seaters and appeared quickly elsewhere on the German coast. Today’s models are mostly two seaters with tiltable tops, some allowing people to lie down completely. They have footrests and tables for food or drinks, storage space, rain proof covers, and sunshades. Thomas Mann refers to them in his 1901 novel Buddenbrooks, setting the context in the 1840s on the beach at Travemünde.

Annie Burke

Annie Burke was a Pomo Indian basketmaker who lived in the Mendocino area. She was well-known for her basket weaving skills during her lifetime. Against tradition, Annie asked her daughter, Elsie Allen, not to bury her baskets with her when she died.  Elsie used these baskets to form the basis of the Elsie Allen Basket Collection to demonstrate the significance of their culture to others.

Annie along with her daughter, Elsie, and Edna Sloan Guerrero formed the Pomo Mother’s club, later renamed Pomo Indian Women’s Club.  The mission of the club was to support their community through education and fundraising and in countering anti-Indian discrimination in California.  The Club’s basketry exhibits and demonstrations were instrumental educating others about the Pomo.

Image: Annie Burke, Basket Maker (1944)

Alma Washington, 76, began sewing the traditional sweetgrass baskets at age 5. Sweetgrass basketmaking has been part of the Mt. Pleasant community for over 300 years. Basketmaking is a traditional Gullah artform that has been passed on from generation to generation.

List of Presents given to Princess Charlotte
  • Silver rattle – President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico
  • White gold rattle with diamonds, rubies and sapphires – The Natural Sapphire Company
  • Willow hand-woven rattle – Ciaran Hogan, basketmaker
  • Set of silk figurines depicting Dream of the Red Chamber – President Xi Jinping of China
  • Jigsaw, cuddly toy “Bo” dog, rocking chair, baby blanket – President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
  • Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales – David Cameron
  • Snowsuit, book, and £54,000 charity donation – Stephen Harper, former Canadian prime minister
  • Snowsuit – Wellington Rugby, New Zealand
  • Sleepsuit – New Zealand Rugby
  • Teddy bears, baby blankets, bootees made from Stansborough wool – Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand
  • Pink dress embroidered with “From Israel With Love” – President Reuven Rivlin of Israel
  • Merino wool cot blanket and £5,200 donation to mountain pygmy-possum sanctuary – Government of Australia
  • Bhutanese coat – King and Queen of Bhutan
  • Set of biodegradable nappies – Pippa Middleton

Protecting Native American culture and history with NAGPRA

Today is the 26th anniversary of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), a law enacted in 1990.  This law was intended to secure the rights of Indian tribes to determine the disposition of their ancestors and funerary objects, as well as their rightful claims to objects necessary for the religious practices and items inherent to tribal identity—sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony.

Native American cultural sites cover our public lands.  For millennia, tribal people lived on these lands.  They hunted, fished, and farmed for food and sustenance.  They studied the lands, the animals, plants, and sky, learning from nature, watching the stars.  They built towns and cities. They explored, traded, and battled. They worshipped and practiced sacred rites. They raised their children. They buried their dead.

Our public lands include vast cultural landscapes covered with special places, some of which have been the subject of archaeological investigations, including burial sites.  Most collections made from public lands over the last 100 years were curated in non-federal museums or universities designated in permits issued under the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979.

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Native American pottery of the Ancient Pueblo people from the Grand Canyon National Park.

The first is a Lino Gray bowl, and the earliest of the shown artifacts, dating to the Basketmaker III Era. The second bowl is of the ‘black mesa black on white’ style, and is heavily yellowed (likely with ocre). The third photo is of a Tusayan polychrome bowl, which dates to the Pueblo III Era, while the fourth dates to the early Pueblo III Era.

Courtesy the Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection.