or lines that delineate design lay-outs, were common on baskets
made before 1840. The chains used in stockades seem to represent
borders on the landscape or between people. Stockade designs showed
how Natives felt about what remained of their traditional territory.
On a Mohegan basket, inside the stockade design (within ancestral
lands), the villages are represented by medallions - while outside
stockade the villages are represented by plants. "The message
was that people would lose their Mohegan identity when they left
the tribal lands" (McMullen). On another Mohegan basket,
medallions were painted both inside and outside the stockade design
and the maker probably felt that "Mohegan people were Mohegan
people wherever they lived" (McMullen).
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