Native American Basketry

Come experience our Interwoven Exhibit, which celebrates the craft of weaving in Native American culture. These exquisite works are symbolic of the resiliency of the Native peoples, especially women, who continue to pass down the craft to new generations in order to preserve this important cultural art form.

Carrie Bethel, Beaded Basket at the Eiteljorg Museum
Carrie Bethel (Mono Lake Paiute, 1898-1974), Beaded Basket, ca. 1960, Willow, glass beads, Gift of Mel and Joan Perelman


Intricate Baskets That Tell A Story Of Culture & Heritage

What is it: This stunning collection of 147 baskets, cradles and bags was recently donated by Joan and Mel Perelman, long-time and generous supporters of the Eiteljorg Museum. A selection of this collection will be featured in our new exhibit showcasing the works of some of the most admired Native American basketry artists. This invaluable collection originates from Native communities throughout North America with a focus on the Southwest and Far West regions.

How to visit: Visit the exhibit Mon-Fri 10-5pm, and Sun 12pm-5pm.


Visitors who have come to experience the Interwoven exhibit are moved by the powerful tradition behind Native American basketry. This exhibit showcases not only a huge variety of materials, but you’ll also gain a deeper appreciation of weaving techniques. These techniques are the result of generations of craftsmanship, a knowledge that goes back longer than we can even begin to understand.

Another thing that surprises visitors is the variety of applications that the Native peoples had for baskets. Historically, baskets were not simply works of art. They were pieces that were created to serve a purpose in day-to-day life.

Come enjoy the exhibit for yourself and be amazed at the skill of our many incredible contributing artists.

Come experience the tradition