Treasure Basket with Lid by Isabel Rorick, Haida First Nation
Treasure Basket with Lid by Isabel Rorick, Haida First Nation spruce root, iron oxide dyed wheat grass (black), sun bleached grass stems (creme), alder dyed spruce root (red) 3" high x 3.5" diameter
Isabel Rorick is a Haida weaver from Old Masset, a village at the north end of Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. She comes from a long line of Haida weavers: her mother, Primrose Adams is a weaver, as was her grandmother Florence Edenshaw Davidson. Her great-grandmother, Isabella Edenshaw, was a well-known weaver of baskets and hats, many of which were painted by her husband, Charles Edenshaw. After the passing of her mother Primrose Adams, Isabel is one of just a few weavers who still posses the knowledge to weave a spruce root hat. Today, Isabel's basketry can be found in public collections including of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, The Burke Museum, and the Seattle Art Museum.