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Squash blossoms designs like those on this basket are used in many variations in the Southwest.

Pima people continue the tradition of basket weaving as a source of income.

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Pima Basket
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Continuing Traditions
Pima Basket Label: North American, Akimel O'odham (Pima), Southwest region (United States), Basket, 19th century, Plant fiber, The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund, 90.69.4
Pima Pueblo
This photograph of a Pima home was taken by Edward S. Curtis around 1907. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund, 74.41.11

Many women of different tribes of the Southwest are accomplished at making beautiful baskets. Especially known for fine baskets are the Akimel O’odham (Pima) women. The Akimel O’odham people live on irrigated farms along the rivers in southern Arizona. Akimel O’odham women weave their baskets from the fibers of plants that grow along the rivers. The Spanish gave them the name Pima, but before contact with the Spanish they referred to themselves by a term meaning “river people.” They differ in both language and tradition from the Diné (Navajo) and the Pueblo people.

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