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4. Lidded storage basket.
Peabody Museum, Harvard University, 18-03-10
Photograph by Hillel Burger

There is a mystery about this basket. It is lined with Vermont newspapers from the 1820s but most people assume there were no Indians in Vermont in that period. Where did it come from?

Close examination reveals hints of red as well as black paint on the splints. This and other qualities link it to baskets made in the Hudson River Valley by Mahicans--the people whose disappearance James Fenimore Cooper imagined in "The Last of the Mohicans."

A photo of the basket modified by Knopf to show what it might have looked like originally:

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The basket as it appears today after the color has faded:

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Image kindly provided by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

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