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WHAT THE BASKET MEANS TO THE INDIAN : Page 169


With a more scientific appreciation of primitive woman's contribution to modern civilization must come a sympathetic interest in the handicrafts of our Indian woman, whose slow steps in upward progress we may even now behold her taking for her people. We may see the early industrial history of our own race repeating itself in the Western world.

Chief among the Indian's handicrafts is basketry : the most expressive vehicle of the tribe's

individuality, the embodiment of its mythology and folk-lore, tradition, history, poetry, art and spiritual aspiration—in short, it is, to the Indian mind, all

the arts in one. Moreover, it is his most useful handicraft, serving him from the cradle to the grave.

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