Nanticoke Baskets, Circa Early 1900s

By Susan Towers | Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the Holiday 2019 issue


These tiny baskets, made from peach pits and walnuts, were hand-carved by Nanticoke tribal elders sometime in the early 1900s. Part of the collection at the Nanticoke Indian Museum near Millsboro, the baskets were crafted as artworks and had no use, though they reflected the abundance of peach and walnut trees in the area at the time and the importance of nature to the tribe, says museum coordinator Sterling Street. The baskets are among numerous artifacts found on the Harmon farm, also near Millsboro. The Harmons are a large Nanticoke family with many descendants still living in coastal Delaware. For more information on the museum, including winter hours, visit or call 945-3400.



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