A Paiute woman made this lightweight and durable water container basket in 1890. As you can imagine, baskets intended to hold liquids had to be woven very tightly. Before use, they also were covered in pine pitch sap and then rolled in dirt to create a watertight seal. Since there was not a lot of fresh water readily available for the Paiute people (who live on the dry eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains), they needed to store water. This basket would be able to hold enough fresh water for one person for one day.