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WHAT THE BASKET MEANS TO THE INDIAN : Page 183


curves from the almost universal design known as the Greek meander or rectilinear fret and its variants, which have been favorite themes with our Indians from time immemorial.

The Indian is essentially artistic, not musical, like the African negro, and not literary, however masterful in the use of words in oratory. There is every reason to believe that our national art will receive new direction, a fresh impulse, from educated Indian Americans.

The poor Indian,

" whose untutored mind Sees God in clouds and hears Him in the wind,"

has recorded a wealth of such spiritual visions in her baskets alone: scarcely one of them that does not contain a prayer. To how much of the handiwork of modern civilized women, tutored or untutored, could equal praise be given ?

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