Basket weaving moves from potato fields into art and fashion worlds – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 202057 Views

Jan 13, 2020

Wabanaki artists reimagine traditional baskets as wearable art

Gabriel Frey sits in his workshop, his towering frame hunched under a lamp, the only light illuminating the room. He shifts on his stool and grimaces slightly as he weaves one piece of black ash over another in a delicate but rhythmic dance.

“Our creation story is based in black ash,” Frey said.

“We have the mythical figure of Kluskap, who shot an arrow into an ash tree and within the heart of the tree was Wabanaki people.”

The traditional territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy, made up of the Peskotomuhkati, Abenaki, Mi’kmaq, Penobscot and Wolastoqiyik nations, is known as the “Land of the Dawn,” and its black ash has been a critical resource of the Wabanaki people for thousands of years.

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