Kaylana's Burden Basket
Kaylana's Burden Basket
Original oil on linen - 35" x 30"  
Kaylana is dressed  in an Apache Ndee (Camp Dress). Her Native linage is Mescalero Apache and Cheyene Arapaho. The Mescalero Apache  are one of six different bands of the Apache, living in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico.
Kaylana’s Mother shared with me that her Grandfather is a Mescalero Medicine Man, one of very few left today.  Kaylana is four years old in this painting and is proud to wear her red calico print “camp dress” with white flowers and bands of rickrack and bias tape in contrasting colors.
The burden basket (táts'aa') of the Apache Tribe is one of the most quickly recognized items of material culture of the people. The baskets were once made for everyday use in collecting or gathering wild foods, or to cultivated crops like corn. Large burden baskets were sometimes made for food storage. Burden baskets are cone shaped, with flat or rounded bottoms. Buckskin and cone jingles made of tin are added to enhance the basket. The metal cones are a carryover from the original functionality of scaring off snakes or other wildlife when using them in field work. Nearly all baskets will have a buckskin carry strap, which was once worn around the head or shoulders.


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