Rare Yurok Eel Basket Trap

Rare Eel Basket Trap

Circa 1900

Height – 18″  Width – 20″ &  25″

From the Collection of John Dewar

He was the Curator of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History and the Southwest Museum. He was born in Pasadena, CA and lived in the Los Angeles area until he retired and moved to Patagonia, Arizona and passed away in 2004. John Dewar traveled to northern California around 1935 and collected ethnographic items from the Native Americans there – primarily the Yurok. Most of his ethnographic collection was given to the Southwest Museum in 1941. I purchased this and numerous other items from his estate here in S. Arizona.

Written on one of the basketry rods “Yurok Eel Trap Bought from Henry Pilgrim, Kalmath N. Calif Aug 1935 $2.50 Holds 80 Eels.

This is a very rare Utilitarian basket, as eels were a highly sought food source.

Minor damage – numerous broken rods  – white area could be waterfowl (Heron?) droppings.