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Baskets have been made by Southwestern women for 8,000 years.

Many Tohono O'odham Basket designs are produced in full-scale and miniature.

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Tohono O'odham Basket
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Tohono O'odham Basket Label: Tohono O'odham (Papago), Southwest region (United States), Miniature basket, 20th century, Plant fiber, Gift of Mrs. C. C. Bovey, 42.18.130

Today, we have such a variety of pots and pans and other containers that it is amazing to realize that in the past, baskets served all of the food preparation and storage needs of some people. Baskets were the earliest handmade containers, and in the Southwest every basket was decorated. Today Tohono O'odham (Papago) women make more baskets than any other group in the Southwest. The Tohono O'odham are closely related to the Akimel O'odham (Pima) people, living just to the south of the Akimel O'odham (Pima) in Arizona. The two groups share many designs, which makes it difficult to distinguish their baskets from one another.

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