Tootsie Dick, a degikup decorated with butterflies, swastikas, stacked tridents and stylized floral arrangements. height 6in, diameter 9 1/4in
Illustrated: Photographed in 1925 by Edward S. Curtis in Volume 15, Portfolio 542, entitled "Modern Designs in Washoe Basketry", far right in photo
This photo has been reproduced in AMERICAN INDIAN BASKETRY - AND OTHER NATIVE ARTS, July, 1983, Vol. III, No. 12, p.3, in relation to an article by Marvin Cohodas entitled "Washoe Basketry". Discussing Tootsie Dick's contribution to the development of the basketry market at the time, he describes the Emporium Company in Carson City, Nevada, and the relationship between its owners, Abe and Amy Cohn, and the many Washo weavers who sold their creations through this outlet. Louisa Keyser, also known as Dat so la lee, became the most famous of Native American basket weavers largely due to the Cohn's entrepreneurial efforts on her behalf. On page 8 Cohodas writes: "While the Cohn's placed all of their promotional emphasis on the art of Louisa Keyser, their indentured genius, they also sold the wares of dozens of other Washoe weavers...Among these, Tootsie Dick rose to special prominence as the Cohns' second great protege...it appears that Cohn was grooming Tootsie to become Louisa Keyser's successor. Furthermore the documentation of one private collection shows that around 1915 Louisa was farming out secret (from the Cohns) commissions to Tootsie and perhaps selling the other weaver's work as her own. Unfortunately, the nature of the relationship between the Cohns, Louisa Keyser, and Tootsie Dick cannot yet be reconstructed."