Vermont Baskets -Basketmakers
( Native Abenaki )
Baskets of black ash and sweetgrass, made by Valerie, Megan and Emily.
Descendants from a family of Abenaki basket makers, the 3 family members proudly carry on their Abenaki ancestors tradition of basket-making.
Memories and stories of the family's basket-making and the gathering of black ash logs for splint, are cherished family history.
Oral history has been handed down from relatives, including Valerie's grandmother and father, as well as other elders.
Continuity of traditional basket-making is an important part of the Abenaki community, Abenaki families and descendants.
Basket-making methods and skills are handed down, helping to preserve and keep alive this important heritage.
Valerie, Megan and Emily have completed an apprenticeship with master Abenaki basketmaker Jeanne Brink and have given a number of basket making demonstrations.
Hand woven baskets are made from black ash splint which is obtained from hand pounded logs, along with wild gathered sweetgrass. (family member Mike, is learning the art of splint making)
Basket making is a part of the rich culture and history of the Abenaki people.