Woman's Basket Cap Maker: Hoopa Valley Tribe


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

The Hoopa Indian people live in the Hoopa Valley in northwest California. Before contact with European-Americans in 1828, they maintained a hunter-gatherer subsistence, based primarily on acorns and salmon. Hoopa women specialized in basketry, and this cap is an example of their fine weaving using native plant materials. The Hoopa now live on California's largest reservation and have striven to keep from being assimilated.


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3 1/4 × 6 3/4 in. (8.26 × 17.15 cm)

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Gift of A. David and Bonnie Frazier Young

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20th century


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Collected by Frank Kellogg Smith, representative of the National Tube Company in South Africa and other locations; by inheritance to stepson George Ira Lancraft VI; by inheritance to wife Bonnie Frazier Lancraft.

  • "Acquisitions 2009," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009), 125
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