An incredible reviver of the nearly lost art of Zuni basketmaking, Christopher has taken the burden of re-introducing traditional willow basket-weaving to Zuni Pueblo. This functional cooking plate can be utilized in the kitchen for many purposes, including allowing bread to cool, and for rinsing and washing fruits and vegetables.
- Basket handcrafted by Christopher Lewis (Zuni)
- Basket measures 14 inches in diameter
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Christopher Lewis has been weaving baskets for 12 ½ years. He started with the plaited yucca baskets in 2005, then learned the basics of willow weaving from Jilli M. Oyengue (Tsigowanu Yan Povi) from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in the spring of 2013. Next, he took a class at MIAC in 2014 from Arnold Herrera of Cochiti Pueblo.
Lewis' passion for basketmaking comes from knowing how much importance is placed on baskets in Zuni culture, but finding only imported baskets being used in Zuni Pueblo. This revelation began his quest to bring basketmaking back to Zuni.
Lewis has taught many classes in Zuni and other Pueblos to revive this art. In 2009 Chris started the Pueblo of Zuni Basket Weaver’s Guild. In 2010 the guild was invited to demonstrate at the Santa Fe Indian winter market. That event started his demonstration and lecturing career.
Many Native American artists are inspired by their rich cultural history and the traditions of art, dance, community, and cuisine that have been carefully passed down for generations. From colorful shell beadwork and mosaic inlay to Navajo weaving and Pueblo pottery, many art forms are unique to the Pueblo people of New Mexico and tribes of the Southwest.
Native American artists are inspired to preserve these traditional art forms, using them to tell stories of their history and culture while also preserving the high standards of craftsmanship that make their work distinctive, valuable, and lasting.
Baskets are one of the oldest-known forms of Native American art, and today, one of the most valuable and widely collected.
For centuries, Native American cultures have made baskets in a wide variety of forms and styles and used them for carrying, serving, storage, and more. In addition to their utilitarian value, baskets were also appreciated for their incredible beauty, and skill in basketmaking was a source of pride for Native communities.
In the Southwest, baskets were often made from sumac, willow, or yucca in both coiled and woven styles. The Hopi, Apache, Tohono O’Odham and Navajo are most known for their basketry, and today many skilled artists from these cultures create exquisite traditional baskets using all-natural plant fibers and methods passed down from their ancestors.
Basketry remains a diverse Native American art form as artists create pieces with a variety of contemporary and traditional designs, carrying on an important legacy in their timeless works of art.Read our Native American Baskets Collector's Guide.
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