Survival and Souvenirs: Connecticut's Indigenous Basketmaker

Basketmaking was an early survival strategy for Connecticut’s indigenous families and communities throughout the 18th to early 20th centuries. It was a skill that helped tribal peoples cope with the loss of land and traditional economies, and with the poverty that followed changes in their natural and social environments that resulted from European settlement and the rise of American industry and farming.

 

In Survival and Sourvenirs, you’ll encounter an array of beautifully crafted baskets constructed by the indigenous peoples of Connecticut.