Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Learn how to make a basket at the Institute for American Indian Studies

The Institute for American Indian Studies located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington is hosting a basketmaking workshop on April 23 with Jennifer Lee from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The tradition of baskets and basketmaking has been a long tradition in Native American culture and an integral part of their lifestyle. Baskets were used as storage containers, carrying baskets, cradleboards, and in burial practices.  The most common material used to craft baskets in New England come from bark from a variety of trees such as from elm, ash, or birch.  The bark from these trees were sewn together with spruce root to keep them together. 
Jennifer Lee, of Algonkian Heritage, will guide participants in making a traditional bark basket! A featured artist at IAIS, Jennifer's bark baskets are historically accurate, beautiful and functional! Registration and Prepayment required by April 18th. $45 - $80 depending on size of basket. Call today to reserve your spot!
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