Fully contoured beadwork is as much of a design characteristic as it is a beading technique.
4] Extensive trading and gift giving, which included beaded items with fully contoured backgrounds, make it impossible, now, to know if an item was actually produced by the tribe from which it was collected.
Stella has experimented, though, with fully contoured beaded projects.
Pauline Flett, noted Spokane tribal linguist, pointed out to members of her Salish language class, the bead lines of a fully contoured beaded bag.
Both of these anecdotes indicate that the Salish speaking people, of the central Columbia River Plateau, were not in the habit of producing beadwork with fully contoured backgrounds, an impression that is supported by collection data and tribal lore from the Southern Plateau.
None of the Plateau people, however, can claim exclusive rights to fully contoured backgrounds in their beadwork.