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Basketry trays were used for a variety of purposes: winnowing seeds, for other stages of processing foods such as sifting or parching, and for temporarily storing food products. In addition, some were used as gambling trays. In the case of the Klamath and Modoc, gaming pieces were arranged under the tray, out of sight of the opposing team, which had to guess the order in which the pieces lay. Elaborately woven trays became collector's items in the early twentieth century and were often used to decorate the walls of homes. Originally the concave surface, which received the most use, was the finished side. When trays were sold to non-Natives, many baskets were turned inside-out by either the collectors or weavers themselves. Like the basket shown here (and illustrated in the photograph), this allowed the finished side to be more easily displayed on a wall.