The Edmund S. Barnett wing of the Gatekeeper's Museum houses the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Collection. The two names associated with this collection each have a reputation for expertise and community service. Marion Steinbach's lifelong interest in Native American art and culture led her to study and collect representative baskets and artifacts. By the time of her death in 1991, she had gathered over 800 rare and diverse baskets from over 85 tribes, dolls, artifacts, and a Southwestern pottery collection, all fully described and documented, and a Native American research library.
It was her intent to collect a variety of basket and artifact types from as many tribes as possible, and the woven works range in size from burden baskets measuring nearly three feet in diameter to highly detailed miniatures as small as 1/4". Adding to the intriguing diversity of the collection are such artifacts as gambling trays and caribou hoof rattles.
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 he 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 ahd been an active member and supporter of the NLTHS since its inception, served as its president, attorney and dauntless guiding light. Thus it was most appropriate that the new wing bear his name.
The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum is housed in The Gatekeeper's Museum
William B. Layton Park
120 W. Lake Blvd. behind Fanny Bridge, Tahoe City, CA
3 acre picnic grounds
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