The stunning natural beauty of Arizona, New Mexico, southern Colorado, and Utah is indicative of the American Southwest and is reflected in Southwestern baskets. Many Southwestern basket weavers use coiling as their method of construction (see fig. 1). The following problems relate mathematics to the art of basket weaving, with an emphasis on coiling.

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Edited by Crystal Kalinec-Craig, crystal.kalinec-craig@utsa.edu, University of Texas at San Antonio, and E. Fanny Sosenke, Avenues: The World School, New York, New York. Manuscripts should show how math is used to solve a real-life problem, preferably in the context of one's profession, and should be no more than 300 words. Submit manuscripts through http://mtms.msubmit.net.

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Joanne C. Caniglia, jcanigl1@kent.edu, teaches secondary preservice mathematics teachers at Kent State University in Ohio. She is interested in mathematics and its application to culture.

(Corresponding author is Caniglia jcanigl1@kent.edu)
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