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.
Ferne Jacobs has been creating three dimensional fiberwork since the 1970s. Inspired by ancient basketmaking technique, she feels a deep connection to a timeless past that emerges out of the earth bringing ancient ways into current time.
I found this amazing pictures of Ferne Jacobs’ works on prismofthreads.blogspot.com
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.
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.
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.
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.