Marion Steinbach's lifelong interest in Native American art and culture led her to study and collect representative baskets and artifacts, and by the time of her death in 1991, she had gathered over 800 rare and diverse baskets, dolls and artifacts, each of which she carefully described and documented - truly a collection of world-class stature.
Marion was herself a weaver of considerable skill and artistry, and taught basket weaving classes each summer at the Museum. Several of her works are displayed within its walls, along with the representative works of over 50 tribes, including our local Washoe and Paiutes, as well as other tribal weavers from the Great Plains to Alaska. Baskets of several tribes of the Klamath Lake and River region are well represented.
It was Marion's intent to collect a variety of basket and artifact types for as many tribes as possible, and the woven works range in size from burden baskets measuring nearly three feet in diameter to highly detailed sample pieces as small as 1/4". Adding to the intriguing diversity of the collection are such artifacts as gambling trays and caribou hoof rattles. One display cabinet contains nothing but woven hats.
Edmund S. Barnett, for whom the Museum wing which houses the basket collection was named, also passed away in 1991. For more than 30 years, Barnett had practiced law in Incline Village, selflessly devoting his free time and multiple talents to countless civic causes on the North Shore and beyond. He had been an active member and supporter of the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society since its inception, serving as its President, attorney and dauntless guiding light. Thus it was most appropriate that the new Museum wing bear his name.
The Museum's changing gallery features extraordinary baskets of the great Washoe artists Lena Frank Dick and Tillie Frank James, on loan from the State of California.
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