This article is based on a text prepared by Tara Prindle for
a program on splint basketry sponsored by NIAC, Inc at the Connecticut Historical Society,
where they shared a viewing of several Nipmuc baskets in their collection. Some interpretations
and designs in this article, like the original text, are gratefully adapted from the
authoritative source on Native splint basketry: A Key into
the Language of Woodsplint Baskets, edited by Russell
G. Handsman and Ann McMullen, published in 1987 by the American
Archaeological Institute in Washington, CT. The articles authored
therein by Lester, McFeat, McMullen, Tantequidgeon & Fawcett,
and Turnbaugh & Turnbaugh were particularly useful in preparing
I am indebted to Joan Luster, Nipmuc Indian and to Dr. Russel G. Handsman, anthropologist, for giving me a cherished appreciation for the unique
qualities of Native American Basketry.
I am indebted to Joan Luster, Nipmuc Indian and to Dr. Russel G. Handsman, anthropologist, for giving me a cherished appreciation for the unique qualities of Native American Basketry.
A Key into the Language of Woodsplint Baskets
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1915 Decorative Art of Indian Tribes of Connecticut. Anthropological series 10. Memoirs of the Canadian Geological Survey 75. Ottawa, Ont: Canadian Department of Mines.
1947 Eastern Algonkian Block-Stamp Decoration: A New World Original or an Acculturated Art. Addendum by Eva Butler. Trenton: Archaeological Society of New Jersey.
1980 The Archaeology of New England. New York: Academic Press.
1973 A Key into the Language of America. J.J. Teunissen and E.J. Hinz, ed.s. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. (First printed 1643).
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