University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Sherrie Smith-Ferri

The Development of the Commercial Market for Pomo Indian Baskets

By: Sherrie Smith-Ferri

“CANASTROMANIA” Term for “basket fever” coined by Smithsonian curator Otis Mason, from the Latin word canistra, meaning basket (1904:187) Attracted by the beauty and romantic aura of Indian baskets, the United States was swept up in a veritable “basket craze” around 1890. Smithsonian curator Otis Mason commented that the fad “almost amounts to a disease,” […]