Pima Indian Woven Basket


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Pima Indian Woven basket inspired by Hi Jolly and his camels.

During the mid-1800’s when much of the southwest of America was still uninhabited desert, the government decided they would deal with the terrain like the desert dwellers of the Middle East and hire camel drivers, such as Hi Jolly, to carry their goods across the arid terrain.

Born in Syria as Philip Tedro to a set of Greek parents, Jolly would not get his Americanized name for many years. As an adult Jolly converted to Islam and made the pilgrimage to Mecca, taking the name Hadji Ali. It was after this conversion that the U.S. Calvary forces contracted Jolly to become one of their first riders in the experimental Army Camel Corps. When Jolly came to the states, his name was butchered and confused into “Hi Jolly,” the name by which he would forever be remembered.


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