Our Tradition of Basket Making
Coushatta men and women have woven baskets for centuries, using materials such as white oak, sedge grass, rivercane, and other locally available resources.
The earliest baskets were used as containers for gathering and storing food, and as items to trade for food and other necessities.
Coushatta baskets are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the Louisiana State Museum, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography at Harvard University and many private collections.
In the twentieth century, Coushatta basket makers began to mainly use longleaf pine needles from the Pinus palustris tree as other materials became difficult to acquire.
Longleaf pine needles are gathered, dried, and then coiled into baskets using raffia and sewing needles.