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first_imgThe baskets needed a break.Now a temporary museum closure is helping them step out of the spotlight.With the Clark County Historical Museum closed for remodeling, its contents are moving out. That includes the “Woven History” exhibit that has been on display since 2004.Museum staffers are taking 98 pieces of American Indian basketry out of a gallery this week and boxing them up for long-term storage.“It’s an amazing collection,” said Katie Anderson, the museum’s executive director.Amazing on several levels, actually.As she examined a small cedar-bark basket made for huckleberry picking, Anderson explained what she found amazing: “That it’s survived, for one thing.”It’s also a great example of someone making use of the resources at hand, she said.Another artifact, an Aleut basket woven from rye grass, amazed her because of its combination of native artistry and practicality.“It was made for utilitarian purposes, but it’s incredibly beautiful, too. It looks so delicate, yet it’s made to be used,” Anderson said.The artistry is even more impressive when the baskets are removed from their protective glass cases. Nothing stands between a viewer and the distinctive woven patterns and bold geometric designs created with plant fibers.“It was such a thrill to hold them, to see them up close,” said Julie Daly, who was part of the team that organized the exhibit more than a decade ago.last_img

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