Weymouth Fanner Basket, ca. 1850 (private collection)

Fanner Basket

Rosengarten,Dale. Row Upon Row: Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Lowcountry. McKissick Museum, 1986; reprint 1994.

Power, Susan. Art of the Cherokee: Prehistory to the Present. University of Georgia Press, 2007.

Morgan, Phillip D. Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and the Lowcountry. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Thomas Porcher Ravenel, Microfilm 1705, Series B, reel 2 or Heyward Family Papers. Microfilm 1705, Series A, part 2, reels 12 and 13.

1. To what extent is this fanner basket derivative of West African craft traditions?

2. The fanner basket played an essential role in rice cultivation. Discuss the various stages of rice culture in terms of the annual cycle and the task system.

3. Using a plantation daybook (such as the Thomas Porcher Ravenel or Charles Heyward plantation daybook) explore the daily life and tasks of slaves on a rice plantation.

4. To what extent does basket-making among Southern African-Americans differ from their Native American counterparts?