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Tina Santiago

An artist of the Coushatta tribe of Louisiana. She follows the tribe’s tradition of fashioning coiled baskets decorated with pine cones.
Coushattas are well known for their handmade creations of coiled pine needle baskets from the vast resource of long leaf pine surrounding the Indian community.

Nationally recognized, the Coushatta pine needle basketry and the tribal language have been preserved and are still practiced today. There are seven clans in the Coushatta Nation, each with a totem animal: bear, beaver, bobcat, daddy longlegs, deer, panther, and turkey. These are often featured in the baskets and other arts.