American Decorative Arts
Maker: Hoopa Valley Tribe

Woman’s Basket Cap

1900–1920

Grasses and other native plant material

3 1/4 x 6 3/4 in. (8.26 x 17.15 cm)
Gift of A. David and Bonnie Frazier Young
2008.106.1
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.
Culture: 
Native American, Hoopa
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Apparel/Costume
Geography: 
Made in Hoopa Valley, California
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

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.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 125.

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