Two historic baskets need your help

O'Odham Granary Basket 19th century
O'Odham Kiaha (Burden basket)
The Museum’s adopt an artifact program raises funds to preserve collections for future generations. These baskets were made by the O’Odham of central and southern Arizona in the late 19th century. The granary basket was used as a storage container for agricultural products. The kiaha (burden basket) was traditionally worn by women for carrying goods (currently on display in the changing gallery). Both artifacts are beautiful examples that demonstrate traditional O’Odham basketmaking techniques. What’s the issue? Well, each of the baskets exceeds three feet in width which is larger than standard shelving and cabinetry. This makes it difficult for staff to care for them. They are too large for the Museum’s existing cabinets and when in storage, sit on open shelving which exposes them to light and dust. With your support, museum staff would be able to purchase a new storage cabinet to safely house these baskets. Additionally, your support would go towards stabilization work on the baskets once assessment is completed by a professional conservator. Contracting a conservator to assess the baskets is contingent upon grant funding. Total cost for the storage cabinet and stabilization work is $20,000. That’s why we need your help! Regardless of amount, any donation towards preserving the granary and the kiaha baskets is much appreciated. Donations like yours are the lifeblood of the museum and we truly could not continue our work without you. Donors will receive:
  • Photos of the baskets
  • Regular updates on the project
  • A shout-out on social media
Donate the full project amount and receive the above benefits plus:
  • A private behind-the-scenes tour with the Curator to see the new storage cabinet
  • Formal recognition on the Museum’s major donor wall
To sponsor the baskets, please fill out the form below.. Thank you! The Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary is a 501©3 tax exempt non-profit organization formed in 1981 to help shape the Museum’s future by raising funds that go towards honoring the site of Pueblo Grande as a unique community resource through sound preservation practices, engaging educational programs, and thoughtful care and presentation of cultural materials. For all audiences, Pueblo Grande Museum fosters understanding, appreciation and respect for our shared cultural history.

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