Diane Dittemore - Lead Exhibit Curator, Arizona State Museum
The largest collection of Native American basketry and woven articles in the Southwest will go on display at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson next month.
The "Basketry Treasured" exhibit is scheduled to open April 28 with a sample of 500 pieces from a collection of more than 25,000 at the museum.
Some of the articles have been obtained from Native American tribes while others existed in private collections, including one by a prominent political figure during Arizona's early years.
Diane Dittemore, lead curator of the exhibit, says the display can help educate the public about ancient cultures and more recent history.
"We wanted to be able to introduce the public to this great collection and the same time celebrate our centennial," Dittemore says. "One of the first major collections of basketry we got was from our first Arizona governor George W.P. Hunt."
The museum is at1013 E. University Blvd. on the University of Arizona campus.