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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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Pamela Zimmerman

Lifepath Man in the Maze Native American Miniature Basket


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: round reed, artificial sinew, wax
  • Feedback: 454 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from North Carolina, United States.