The Ohlone Indians lived along the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay for thousands of years before Europeans came to the area. Ohlone baskets are extremely rare, in part due to the tribal practice of burning personal possession upon death. The Oakland Museum commissioned Linda Yamane, a Rumsien Ohlone of the Monterey area, to make a basket for the museum's vast collection. Featuring 20,000 stitches, several
thousand feathers, and 1,200 handcrafted Olivella shell beads, the
extremely rare basket took Yamane nearly three years to create. It is believed that it has been 250 years since this type of ceremonial basket has been made. Linked to ABC Wednesday.