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This is an authentic Native American basket woven by Eloise Poncho (1924-1980) of the Alabama Coushatta Tribe in Livingston Texas. This diminutive basket is tightly woven in the traditional manner from white pine needles coiled in raffia. It measures about 2.5" tall and is about 3.5" in diameter at its widest point. The lid measures 3" in diameter and is decorated with black & red raffia in a traditional design.

What makes this basket especially interesting is the attached card which identifies Ms. Poncho as the basket's maker. I have contacted the reservation at Livingston Texas where Ms. Poncho still has a granddaughter today. These small baskets were typically woven by young women at the reservation to sell to tourists. It is hard to date the basket, but it is likely that it was woven when Ms. Poncho was a young woman.

This basket is in great vintage condition. The weaving is tight and colors are vibrant. It would make a wonderful addition to any collection.

I am not by any means an expert on Native American art. I am merely passing along all information I was given about this particular piece. You can learn more about pine needle basketry at ~pinebaskets.tripod.com~ I was advised by the site owner that the value of this basket is $125, based on the sale of a similar basket.

You are purchasing ONLY the basket. The table runner is listed separately.

Pine Needle Basket, Native American, Coushatta, Poncho, Texas