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Acorn Mush Basket
Through funds donated by George and Colleen Hoyt, Willamette University trustees, Native American (Siletz) artist Bud Lane was commissioned to create this piece for Hallie Ford Art Museum. In agreement with the museum the artist may, upon request, borrow the piece at any time for ceremonial reasons. In 1999, the museum commissioned two Oregon weavers to create work in honor of the millennium. Lane chose to weave a type of basket that played an essential role in earlier Native American life and that continues to be important in ceremonial feasts. Basket bowls were used to hold acorn mush, a porridge-like soup that was the staple food of many California and Oregon Indian peoples. Today, acorn mush soup is enjoyed at seasonal dances and celebrations at Siletz and many other communities.