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9 x 9 x 12 3/4 in. (22.9 x 22.9 x 32.4 cm)

First Nations artist

First Nations; made in Fraser River Region, British Columbia, Canada

Object Type: Basketry
Medium and Support: Cherry bark
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Strong
Accession Number: 1922.12
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Location: Not currently on view

In 1897, after her first husband deserted her and her child, a young nurse named Hattie Lockwood pooled her resources with another friend in Tacoma and determined to build a hospital for injured miners in Skagway, Alaska. On the voyage north, their ship was wrecked in a blizzard; all their building and medical supplies were lost, and the women barely escaped with their lives. After three grueling years in the Alaskan wilderness, Lockwood returned to the United States and eventually married Henry Strong, the first president of Eastman Kodak Co. This and several other baskets the new Mrs. Strong had acquired during her youthful sojourn were later donated to MAG.

The “chainsaw” pattern was designed after First Nations people in British Columbia became aware of logging operations near the Fraser River. The red portions are natural-color cherry bark; the black is cherry bark darkened from being buried in “muck and charcoal.”

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Lucretia Cushman (nee Johnson), Tacoma, Washington; sold to Mrs. Henry A. Strong, Rochester, New York; given to the Gallery in 1922

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

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