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Phone: 866-426-6901

314 N. River Street

East Dundee, IL 60118






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and was used primarily for

grain storage. But the Indus-

trial Revolution which pro-

duced an abundance of cheap

pots and pans, and the Great

Depression of the 1930’s extin-

guished the need to create the

labor-intense basket.

Today, a few Apache artisans

still create baskets that typically

are coarse twined burden bas-

kets (as shown at the right.)

This is the most traditional

form of Apache basket, and was

used for carrying wood or food.

The earlier burden baskets are

highly collectable, but finding

one that is in great condition

can be pretty hard to do.

One of the most collectible of

American Indian arts is the

Western Apache and Yavapai

Apache basket.

This art form was developed

over thousands of years, and

was lost in less than ten years as

basket makers sought other

lines of work.

The baskets are generally made

of willow and devil’s claw,

plants which are native to

Apache country in Arizona.

They frequently include human

and zoomorphic figures sur-

rounded by crosses, such as the

piece shown at the left.

In earlier times, the Apache

basket was strictly utilitarian,

Arts of Native America

An Apache Olla is one of the rarest and

most collectible of all American Indian art

forms. A polychrome basket, as shown

here, is the most highly prized of the

Apache baskets. It is available at River

Trading Post, Scottsdale.

The Apache Burden Basket is the

most traditional Apache basket, and

continues to be made today, primar-

ily for the tourist trade.