Progressive Era: 1890–1920s: Native Americans Fight for Land, Identity, & Education
This is a photograph of a Hupa Indian woman carrying wood in a burden basket. Burden baskets are large cone-shaped baskets used for gathering and carrying a variety of material. The shape of the burden basket made collecting wood, acorns, and other material a manageable task. Many different Native American tribes used burden baskets to carry their loads, but the shape, size, color, design, and weave varied according to tribal group.