The Hopi, People of the Short Blue Corn, The Hopi Basket collection at the Museum is used by students and teachers on occasion for the class assignment, Spirit in Art. Some of these beautiful examples are occasionally on display in the Museum and can be seen there or by request. The items include baskets, Third Mesa wicker plaques and many other items of interest.. Native Americans have been making baskets as far back as 500 A.D. using materials convenient to the areas where they lived. The Hopi, Navajo, Paiute, Apache and Tohono O'Odam produced fine hand-woven baskets. These are the American Indian tribes who lived in the Southwest and who still actively weave fine baskets. The Hopi women fabricated flat Kachina basketry plaques as ceremonial gifts. Archaeologists have found baskets in the Southwest that date back to 6,000 B.C. These same weaving techniques found then are used by contemporary basketmakers as well.
Archaeological evidence suggests that earliest containers used by Neolithic man were hollowed out pieces of stone or wood to elaborate containers such as animal skins and bags. There is a process whereby pottery is made, decorated, fired, stored and then recovered from a site by an Archaeologist. A rudimentary process of identification and washing of pottery on site can easily be set forth for identification and research. During recovery, the Archaeologist is careful not to remove any evidence of the past, including traces of paint, food, designs, incising, etching. Low fired potery tends to be more fragile and porous. Pottery styes are currently on display entitled "Spirit in Art".
If not on exhibit, collections can be viewed upon request.