Vermont Baskets -Basketmakers-
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 ancestors tradition of making baskets.
Memories and stories of the family's basket-making and the gathering of black ash logs for splint, are cherished family history.
Oral and written history has been handed down from relatives, including Valerie's grandmother and father, as well as other elders in the community.
Basket making is a part of the rich culture and history of the Abenaki with traditional basket-making an important part of community, families and descendants.
Valerie, Megan and Emily have completed an apprenticeship with master Abenaki basketmaker Jeanne Brink and have given a number of basket making demonstrations.
Basket-making skills are handed down person to person, helping to preserve and keep alive this important heritage.
These woven baskets are made with wild gathered sweetgrass and from black ash splint.
Splint is obtained from logs which are hand pounded, making it labor intensive. (splint is being made in the family by Mike)
Various baskets for sale- depending on what is currently in stock.