Karuk Basketmakers: A Way of Life

$30.00 each


Describes the methods and materials used in basketmaking.  Tripp tells the story in both Karuk and English


The Hupa, Karuk and Yurok tribes of Northwestern California used baskets for function as well as artistic creations. The materials used for their baskets were abundant in their natural world. Their everyday baskets could not only be extremely practical and useful, but could also be exquisitely ornate. The majority of these baskets are woven by women of the tribe; however, men also weave certain kinds of baskets themselves or in cooperation with a woman basket maker. The technology used by Northwest tribes, as with other tribes, reflects a common sense approach to matching the needs and desires of a people with the resources available to them in their natural world.

This video is a combination of live action and animation narrated by Monica Tripp. It includes an animated story about the origins of three important traditional basket making materials. The video not only describes the methods and materials used in basketmaking but also the interrelationship of people and their natural environment. David Tripp tells the story in both Karuk and English. The paintings are by Maureen McGarry.

Karuk Baskemakers: A Way of Life is a great video on its own but is also part of the Indians of Northwest California: History, Social Science, and Literature Based Curriculum Units for grades 3-5 developed by the Title VII Indian Education Program in Hoopa California. The entire  curriculum is also available from Oyate.



Produced by: Klamath Trinity Unified School District Indian Education and Shenandoah Films

Format: Color, live action and animation, 20 minutes.

Availability: DVD or VHS

Published: 1991

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Karuk and other California tribes