Special Exhibition Gallery
Legacy: The Art of Heritage - The Glenn Sutt Basket Collection
June 21, 2019 - August 31, 2019
Legacy: The Art of Heritage - The Glenn Sutt Basket Collection will be on view Friday June 21, 2019 through Saturday, August 31, 2019. This exhibit features Harbor History Museum's legacy gift from the estate of collector Glenn Sutt, including the 43 baskets he originally loaned to the Museum back in 2008 for the "Woven Stories" exhibit. The exhibit design is inspired by columnar basalt formations found around the Northwest and highlights the larger baskets in the collection. Cases contain the numerous smaller baskets so visitors are able to see the beautiful work up close. The exhibit also includes a "Resonance Diary" where visitors are encouraged to write about a favorite basket in the exhibit and why it resonates with them.
Klickitat, Tlingit, Wasco, Makah, Nisqually and many more native basket makers are represented in Legacy: The Art of Heritage - The Glenn Sutt Basket Collection. The collection numbers 90 baskets in all and is an amazing spectrum of styles and materials. One of the smallest baskets is a tiny trinket basket made in the style of a Wasco bag; while one of the largest is a Klickitat berry basket. Perhaps one of the most interesting pieces representative of the crossover between native and Euro-American cultures is a basketry-covered liquor bottle dated between 1890-1910. In addition to baskets, Sutt collected native beadwork and carvings, as well as Fur Trade-era guns. He was very active at Fort Nisqually, both as a volunteer and foundation board member.
“From Makah hats with intricate whale scenes to finely woven lidded baskets and Northeastern birch bark baskets embellished with porcupine quills — this collection is truly stunning in its diversity and style,”
- Stephanie Lile, Director and Curator at HHM