Pat Courtney Gold (b. 1939, Warm Springs, WA) is a basket maker influenced by her ancestors, the Wasco Indians. Her baskets are based on the baskets of her Wasco ancestors using the full turn twine technique but she experiments with different materials and designs, with similar patterns and motifs.
The materials she uses include cattail leaves, tule, dogbane fiber, cedar bark, tree roots, as well as chenille, dyed wool, and other textured materials. She is enrolled in the Wasco Nation of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon. She received her BA in Mathematics from Whitman College, Washington and has taught mathematics and worked as a mathematician-computer specialist. Her work is represented in major museums nationally and internationally.
Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco/Tlingit), Honor the Wasco Weaver of the 1805 Basket Collected by Lewis and Clark, 2003
Pat Courtney Gold, Trish Reynolds photograph
Pat Courtney Gold describes the imagery on her baskets.