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    •  Rowena Bradley

    • Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Cherokee women -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph shows Rowena Bradley preparing to work on a rivercane basket. On the ground beside her is a pile of rivercane, already cut and split. Born in 1922 in the Swimmer Branch Community of the Qualla...
    •  Rowena Bradley

    • Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Cherokee women -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • Cherokee craftworker Rowena Bradley is shown in this photograph surrounded by baskets that she made. In her lap are strips of rivercane, the material that she used to construct the baskets. To the left is a very large single weave basket; the...
    •  Basket: rivercane, lidded

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph is of a double weave rivercane basket by Cherokee basket maker, Rowena Bradley. The basket is woven with a different pattern on the inside and outside of the basket. The photograph is labeled,...
    •  Basket: rivercane

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph is of a double weave rivercane basket by Cherokee basket maker, Rowena Bradley. The basket is woven in a pattern known as Flowing Water. The photograph is labeled, "A doubleweave rivercane...
    •  Basket: rivercane, storage

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph is of a single weave rivercane basket by Cherokee basket maker, Rowena Bradley. The large basket was begun from a square base and woven outward before tapering in to a circular reinforced rim....
    •  Basket: rivercane, purse

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph is of a single weave rivercane purse basket made by Cherokee basket maker, Rowena Bradley in 1974. The basket is woven in a pattern known as Peace Pipes. The photograph is labeled, "A purse...
    •  Basket: rivercane, storage

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph is of a single weave rivercane basket made in 1973 by Cherokee basket maker, Rowena Bradley. The large basket was begun from a square base and woven outward before tapering in to a circular...
    •  Basket: rivercane, storage

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph is of a single weave rivercane basket that was made in 1973 by Cherokee basket maker, Rowena Bradley. The large basket was begun from a square base and woven outward before tapering in to a...
    •  Basket: rivercane, lidded

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated Indian Arts and Crafts Board photograph is of a double weave rivercane basket by Cherokee basket maker, Rowena Bradley. The basket is woven with a different pattern on the inside and outside of the basket. The photograph is labeled,...
    •  Mat: rivercane, wall

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • The rivercane wall mat was made by Rowena Bradley, who was born in the Swimmer Branch Community of the Qualla Indian Boundary, near Cherokee, North Carolina. Butternut was used to achieve the brown color; bloodroot produced the orange. The weave...
    • Rivercane Basketry by Rowena Bradley

    • Cherokee women -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This four-page brochure was created by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, a division of the U.S. Department of Interior, to accompany a 1974 exhibition of "Rivercane Basketry by Rowena Bradley." The exhibitions were held at Qualla Arts and Crafts...
    •  Rowena Bradley

    • Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Cherokee women -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • Cherokee craftworker Rowena Bradley is shown in this undated photograph, weaving a rivercane basket held in her lap. To keep the cane pliable, she soaks it in a bucket of water. Two unfinished baskets sit beside her. The basket pattern at left...
    •  Basket: rivercane, double woven tray

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This rivercane tray was woven by Rowena Bradley in the double weave technique, making a tight basket. Double weave baskets are sometimes waterproof. Trays such as these were used to store dried foodstuffs or small possessions. The rivercane...
    •  Basket: rivercane, lidded

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This double weave lidded basket was made by Rowena Bradley, a third generation Cherokee basket weaver. Lidded baskets such as these were used to store foodstuffs and household goods. The double weave makes for a tight basket; some double weave...
    •  Basket: rivercane, storage

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This storage basket was made by Rowena Bradley, a Cherokee basket weaver of western North Carolina. Baskets such as these were made to store domestic goods, from dry foodstuffs to clothing. The natural aeration of the single weave allows the...
    •  Basket: rivercane, storage

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This storage basket was made by Rowena Bradley, a Cherokee basket weaver of western North Carolina. Baskets such as these were made to store domestic goods, from dry foodstuffs to clothing. The natural aeration of the single weave allows the...
    •  Basket: rivercane, tray

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This rivercane tray was made by Cherokee basket weaver, Rowena Bradley in 1982. Traditionally, trays such as these were used to hold foodstuffs and household goods. To make this tray, Bradley used a complex double weave technique that results in...
    •  Basket: rivercane, tray

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This rivercane tray was made by Cherokee basket weaver, Rowena Bradley in 1982. Traditionally, trays such as these were used to hold foodstuffs and household goods. To make this tray, Bradley used a complex double weave technique that results in...
    •  Mat: rivercane

    • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • This undated rivercane mat was made by Cherokee basket weaver Rowena Bradley (1922-2003). Traditionally, the Cherokee used mats made from rivercane to cover walls and floors, for decoration and insulation. Sleeping mats were also made and used to...
    •  Nancy Bradley

    • Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Cherokee women -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern;
    • It is not known who made this undated historic photograph of Nancy Bradley working out-of-doors in front of her home. Surrounded by piles of rivercane with which to make baskets, Bradley is shown trimming the cane. Few baskets made by Nancy...

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