Basketry box

About This Item

Date
1960s
Geography
Tapirapé people, Central Brazil, South America
Medium
plant fiber
string
feather
Context
The Americas—which span North, Central and South America—contain a rich diversity of indigenous art and material culture that is closely tied to the environment. Beginning in the 16th century, the arrival of outsiders led to devastating changes in landscape and community, resulting in loss of language and traditional lifeways. Highlighted objects are from cultural groups indigenous to the Amazon region: the Karajá (also, Caraja), the Xavante, the Tapirapé, and the Kayapo. While artistic practices vary between communities, they are all linked to traditional knowledge. Due to the effects of globalization and environmental degradation, many community members today must work hard to maintain their traditions and ensure their survival.
Height
7 in
Width
11 in
Depth
17.5 in
Copyright
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