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Yavapai Baskets made by women of the Yavapai - Prescott Indian Tribe on display in front of the Smoki Museum in Prescott, Arizona.
Traditionally, a Yavapai basket begins with the black center and then the different things representing the mountains, animals, and finally, humans. It is symbolic of life, no matter how hard, and in its order it brings harmony. The Yavapai Tribe’s rich history dates back centuries, when the women wove intricate baskets and the men were largely hunters and gatherers. The tribe’s first chief was Sam Jimulla, succeeded by his wife Viola. She was the first woman chieftess among North American Indians. There are three primary groups of Yavapai existing today - they are located at Fort McDowell, Camp Verde and Prescott. The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation consists of approximately 1,400 acres that are adjacent to the city of Prescott, Arizona in central Yavapai County. When it was established in 1935, the Yavapai Prescott Indian Reservation occupied only 75 acres of the former Fort Whipple Military Reserve in central Arizona. The first reservation established solely for the Yavapai, it continued to grow with the 1956 addition of 1,320 acres.
Sources: Website - Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe.com
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