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This exquisite contemporary minitature interpretation of the "Man in the Maze" basketry design was executed by award-winning fiber artist Pamela Zimmerman. Figure is skirted, representing a woman.

The design called "Man in the Maze" is traditional in Tohono O'odham and some other Native American cultures. This is a very complex design to execute, especially in miniature form, normally only attempted by the most accomplished basketmakers. The pattern represents the individual's journey through life. The maze has only one path, but there are many turnings. The turnings pass each other and interlock in ways that seem mystical, but when viewed above and objectively, there is an overall plan that the little person inside the maze cannot see. Sometimes the turn is to the left, sometimes to the right. At the very end of the maze, before the person passes into the next world (signified by the black center,) there is a small turn to look back at the life lived.

This little basket is executed in round reed and artificial sinew (waxed nylon) and is only 3 1/8" x 1" These are traditional colors used for this style basket.

Would make a great addition to a miniatures display or collectibles shelf.

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Custom orders take about 4 weeks. This gives me time to find the materials, prepare, weave, let it dry properly, and then ship. If you need your basket faster, please send me a message BEFORE you buy. Some items can be hurried, some cannot. There is an extra fee, payable in advance, for "Rush" orders.
Baskets listed as "green" in my shop are made with wild, natural vines and other plants that are gathered sustainably and woven fresh, by me, one at a time. No chemicals or pesticides, either in the growing, or the making!

Lifepath Man in the Maze Native American Miniature Basket


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: round reed, artificial sinew, wax
  • Only ships within United States.
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