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The Logo Basket
Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association

Klickitat style basket, woven by Nettie Jackson, Yakama

“At one time, all of the tribes had a style of Klickitat Basket, they were the medium of exchange in the area from Canada to Northern California, and the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains. This is why NNABA commissioned a Klickitat basket.” Bruce Miller, President, NNABA.

This particular basket was created by Nettie Jackson. It is made of Cedar roots and Bear Grass. She describes the symbols imbricates into the weave of the basket as follows: Starting at the bottom of the basket

The butterflies represent everlasting happiness. They are frequently included on gift baskets for weddings or baby showers. These butterflies especially denote NNABA’s intentions to promote the art of basketry in perpetuity.

The red cross hatch symbols represent the four directions and the four elements of life according to ancient indigenous traditions the world over.

The animals are the deer, the dog, and the horse. Representing our food and our spiritual connection to the universe. The Salmon Gill pattern, zigzagging from top to bottom, represents the salmon, common to all in the northwest.

The “good spirited” people, the basketweavers, circle the top of the basket. The white stitch on their chests denote a good heart. The one man among 14 women indicates the strong representation of women in basketry.

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