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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Hoopa Valley Tribe

Woman’s Basket Cap


Grasses and other native plant material

3 1/4 × 6 3/4 in. (8.26 × 17.15 cm)
Gift of A. David and Bonnie Frazier Young
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.
Made in Hoopa Valley, California
On view
Native American, Hoopa
20th century

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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