Juana Basilia Sitmelelene, Presentation Basket (Chumash)

Juana Basilia Sitmelelene, Coin (Presentation) Basket, Chumash, Mission San Buenaventura, c. 1815-22, sumac, juncus textilis, mud dye, 9 x 48 cm (National Museum of the American Indian).Speakers: Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Dr. Steven Zucker

Learn about this beautiful basket—a luxury item made by a Chumash woman in California (then, New Spain) at the time of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain—with motifs derived from Spanish coins.

Cite this page as: Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Juana Basilia Sitmelelene, Presentation Basket (Chumash)," in Smarthistory, December 13, 2016, accessed September 21, 2023, https://smarthistory.org/juana-basilia-sitmelelene-presentation-basket-chumash/.