Vol. I. No. 2. (January, 1903)
Basket weaving, pp. 13-16
schools, and recognized as their own characteristic work, the training of their fathers from remote ancestry, the joy of the industrious and the reward of the faithful. Mr. Grinnell says : " To give the Indian something to do by which he can earn money and in which he will be interested, either for the work itself or for the reward which it will bring is at present the very best thing and the most practical that we can do for him. "Indian basketry schools, training departments fully equipped and well and faithfully managed with suitable protection and remuneration furnish a means that is avail- able to almost every tribe on the continent. May the time soon come when they are established." H. N. Rust of Pasadena, formerly an Indian agent, said " I have for a long time entertained such a plan myself and cannot but give this word of addition to the proposed plan; that the scheme shall include all forms of Indian work, such as blanket weaving, pottery and other forms of handiwork. " The Navajo blanket weavers are among the most skilful in the world; their work is unique, interesting and cannot be imitated. They weave into every piece some- thing of their own life, some trait from life, some sign of wood, forest and hill, something that tells of their life with the rattlesnake and the quail, of their hunt for the puma and wild chase after the deer and the antelope. They are an industrious people and would profit by any protection of their labors that could be given to them. "Steady employment should be given to them, yet not such as would make them feel that they must labor from sun-up to sun-down, without stopping; they should be given a certain amount to do, in a certain number of days or weeks, and let them take their own appointed time for completing the work; doing much at one time and less or nothing at all when they feel like it; in so doing they are living out the plan of their ancestry. "They might also have their work arranged in a sort of communistic plan so that all shall receive a share of the whole, and in so doing each will feel that he is contributing to the commonwealth, and will have an interest in securing the best and most continuous application of energy from all the balance."-Brooklyn (N. Y.) Eagle.
Based on date of publication, this material is presumed to be in the public domain.| For information on re-use, see http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright