Ye'Kuana - Yekuana Aboriginal Handmade Basket Aprox 6 Inches


The Ye’kuana who inhabit Southern Venezuela l are a relatively small indigenous group. Approximately 3,500 people live in the Orinoco Basin of Venezuela. Their name means “people of the rivers”. They live in small villages along the shores of several rivers in this basin, relying on the water for their livelihood.

Yekuana Indians are involved in making beautifully intricate basket weavings. Baskets play a significant role in the lives of the Yekuana and each stage of their life cycle is honored with an exchange of baskets that occurs between the sexes. In the village, men must prove themselves before they are able to marry. They must design a family crest for their proposed family and they must prove to their wife’s family that they are capable of producing all of the baskets that she will need to take care of the home.

Basketry is often considered a functional art due to the duality of baskets as both cultural artifacts and functional quotidian objects. Due to this duality, baskets can be found in both museum displays and daily use, depending on the location and implementation of the owners.

Height 6 inches
Diameter 4 inches

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