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two large wooden needles for weaving mats
  • Swinomish peoples
  • two large wooden needles for weaving mats, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, string, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 109 x 2 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 42 7/8 x 3/4 x 9/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5716

The two long, narrow slats of wood are each pointed at one end and triangular in cross section. Each has a hole at the other end. One needle is longer than the other. They are tied together with string, wrapped in an "X" pattern, for the entire length of the shorter needle. They are a light natural color.