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Black Ash Baskets

Course Overview

North House is excited to welcome the award-winning basket maker Kelly Church. Kelly is a fifth-generation Potawatomi/Odawa/Ojibwe basket maker and educator from southwestern Michigan, and a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, along with many other honors. In this class, participants will weave a miniature style market basket based on the market baskets the Anishinaabe would use to gather, carry items, or use for shopping as stores became the norm. The project will use black ash, harvested and processed by Kelly and her family. Each basket will begin with a plaited bottom, be built up in a rectangular shape with plaiting, and embellished upon completion. The finished basket will measure approximately 6 1/2" W x 4 1/2" H x 10 1/2" L (not including the handle). There will be ample time in class for discussion of biochemistry, forest management, invasive pest control, traditional language skills, and deep personal memories of family history.

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