I am endlessly fascinated by historic North American baskets and I wanted to share information on an upcoming Native Art & Artifacts Auction that will take place June 6-7, 2009. The auction is organized by Seahawk Auctions in Burnaby, BC, Canada. It will feature numerous baskets including a superb Apache gathering basket with 32 stacked figures ca. 1900, Northwest Coast basketry fishing creel, Thompson River burden baskets, 19TH. C. Haida painted spruce root hat, 3 fine Pima trays, Yokut basketry bowl ca. 1900, Klikitat, Tlingit, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Lillooet baskets.
I find that auction catalogs are a good way to find information about various historic basketry traditions. Of course you always need to view all information with an informed and critical eye because there is so much incorrect data floating around out there. Much more on the topic of basket collecting can be found on BasketMakers.com
I have also started a flickr Group where additional images of traditional American baskets can be seen.