Published on December 3, 2010 by John
Carrie McGowan Bethel (1898 – 1974) was a Mono Lake Paiute – Kucadikadi (Northern Paiute) basketmaker associated with Yosemite National Park. She was born Carrie McGowan in Lee Vining, California and began making baskets at the age of 12. She participated in basket making competitions in the Yosemite Indian Field Days in 1926 and 1929. She gave basket weaving demonstrations at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition
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Carrie Bethel was one of a group of Mono-Paiute women “became known for their exceedingly fine, visually stunning and complex polychrome baskets.” Other basket weaving artists in this group included Nellie Charlie and Lucy Telles.
Carrie McGowan Bethel died in Lee Vining, in 1974.
In 2006, one of her baskets sold at auction for $216,250. This basket had won first prize in the 1926 Yosemite Field Days basket competition.
Four of her baskets were part of an exhibition on the art of Yosemite which appeared at the Autry National Center, the Oakland Museum of California, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art from 2006 to 2008.