Back in the mid 1980's when I was living in Alaska, I loved the baskets the Eskimos made and was determined to learn. I signed up for a coil basket class and went about making a bunch as gifts and entered one in the Fur Rendevous festival winning Division Champion.
Just recently, I recalled the basket making technique and thought I'd share how I make these. I've set up a tutorial http://www.maizehutton.com/coilbasket.html
on my website if you're interested in making one.
Mine are made with paper twist and yarn. They're very easy to make and you can complete one in an evening once you get the hang of it.