|People & Life Ways|
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The date of her birth is
unknown, but was probably sometime around the middle of the 19th century.
Her family lived in the Carson Valley, and Dat-So-La-Lee, also known as
Louisa Keyser, cooked and laundered for miners, a common occupation for
native women after Euro-American settlement. She worked for a family
in Alpine County, California, and by 1895 was making baskets to sell.
A Carson City merchant, Abe Cohn, sold her baskets in his emporium and
became her sponsor. Dat-So-La-Lee and her third husband, Charlie
Keyser, were supported by the Cohns in exchange for the beautifully crafted
baskets. She wove baskets for Abe Cohn for thirty years, from 1895
until her death in 1925.