National Geographic : 1925 Sep
Photograph by Earl H. Morris A BASKET MAKER OE LONG AGO: CANON DEL MUERTO His grave was a bark-lined crevice between the foot of the cliff and a natural block. Unmindful of his presence, later occupants of the cave raised the floor full five feet by the gradual deposition of refuse and building waste. The Basket Makers probably came to Arizona from Mexico long before the time of the Pueblo culture, which had passed its zenith in 1540, at the time of the visit of the conquistadores. THE BURIALBUNDLE OEAN AGED WOMAN In preparation for interment, thebody was flexed sothat itoccupied the least possible space, padded with fiber oftheyucca plant, and laid across a feather-string blanket. Two bowl-shaped baskets, onewithin the other, were placed beneath thehead and avery large one inverted over it; then the blanket was folded over toinclose them. Acorner of the blanket has been turned back toreveal themagnificent basket.