Museum Purchase

on exhibit | Early California Art and History, Science Special Gallery, December 2007 - September 2009

Basket trap for catching fish. Pomo Indians. "Made of unpeeled willow shoots. Few old traps of this type exist. This is an excellent example." (Craig Bates, 10/91)

From the History Information Station "Object: Funnel pot, made of unpeeled willow shoots by open weave twining, collected among the Pomo, which dates to the late 19th or early 20th century. It was acquired by the Oakland Public Museum in 1910.History: Native California fishermen manufacture and use a variety of basketry traps, each adapted for a specific type of fish or environmental condition. This trap, designed for catching small fish, has a funnel inside to prevent the fish from turning around and swimming out. The trap is set by placing it in a weir--a pole and brush barrier built across a shallow stretch of stream or river. The brush barrier funnels the fish into the open mouth of the trap."

Used: fishing

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