Splint Basket Decorations

Baskets are like a signboard where Natives could communicate their feelings about their surroundings and their changing existence; they can help us understand the lives of their makers. Because Natives of southern New England shared so many aspects of their culture with neighboring groups, they were probably able to understand or 'read' the designs on the baskets of others. Shared basket styles and designs among two groups may mean those groups view their world in similar ways, or that they have other social and political connections. If two groups that live right next to each other have very different designs, it may mean that they want to set themselves apart, stressing their differences.

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