Woman's Cornhusk Bag


William Manning organized his collection by categories listing this bag in the category: Baskets - Soft Weave and noting that a Spokane woman wove it to his specifications. Source: Accession record 1, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 1926 W. M. Manning Indian Collection inventory. William Manning commissioned this flat-twined bag with a Shriners emblem on one side, a remarkable example of cultural intersection. This bag was made for me in 1907 by an old, totally blind Indian woman, the widow of a chief of the Spokanes. She was shrivelled and bent into a tiny being and was one of the few old timers left who knew the art of weaving on the outside layer of a double weave fabric without carrying the design to the inside except on the edges. The design was copied from a rough pencil sketch I made and the weaver was guided in colors and outline by a great-granddaughter. William Manning, 1924 collection inventory. (Source: Exhibit Label Text, "Living Legacy: The American Indian Collection", July 19, 2008 - April 23, 2011) Rectangular, flat, twined, cornhusk bag. Geometric designs one side and Shriner's emblem other side. Buckskin Hemp and cotton weft at top and base, balance cornhusk and wool. height: 8 1/2"; width: 7"