This hand-crafted Ojibwa kettle-shaped container is composed of sweetgrass, dyed porcupine quills, and commercial thread. It was made in the mid-1970s and is a fine and unusual example of 20th-century Great Lakes Native American craftsmanship. Most of the materials were gathered and crafted from local plants and animals. The artisan’s name “A. Gabow” along with a home address is carved on the bottom of the basket. This remarkable and visually pleasing basket comes from Dogbotz Boneyard proprietor Patrick Price’s private collection of tribal artifacts.
For those who collect baskets or Native American artifacts, this wonderful kettle basket would make for an exceptional addition to such a collection.