Black Ash Shallow Basket (with Songs)


Learn the art of traditional black ash basket weaving, from Oneida Nation of Wisconsin basket maker, Liandra Skenandore

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Date: July 8, 9 & 10, 2022

9 am – 5 pm Friday and Saturday; 9 am – 12 noon on Sunday,

Skill Level: No prior basket weaving experience is required but some hand strength and dexterity are necessary.

Class Registration Fee: By June 17, 2022: $225.00

After June 17, 2022: $250.00

Beautiful and functional, a shallow basket can be used as a table centerpiece to hold remotes, papers, and trinkets. You can also lay a cloth inside the basket and it can then be used to hold fruits, baked goods, and other foods.

In this class students will weave a medium sized shallow basket made of Black Ash splints while experiencing the uniqueness, strength, flexibility, and liveliness of this Native North American traditional weaving material. Students will cut and knife scrape splint material that has already been hand-pounded off the Black Ash log to create a basket that will measure approximately 12”x12”x5”. Special guest, songleader Catherine Young, will weave music into our work, threading songs of weaving, water and trees.

Students need to bring the following supplies:  all materials and tools will be provided by the instructor.

All the material bundles for students will be prepped by the instructor by hand-pounding the log and hand-splitting the splints, revealing the luminous satin inside each splint, so that students will have prime and usable material to work with as they cut and scrape uprights and weavers for their baskets. In addition, if there’s a case where a student or students are working at a slower pace (which is completely okay!) there will be rim material prepped and ready for them to use so that the rim system can be assembled in time for them to go home with a finished basket.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): $45.00

Liandra Skenandore is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin; she also belongs to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mvskoke Creek Nation, and Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. She apprenticed for 15 months under master Black Ash weaver April Stone (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) through the Mentor Artist Fellowship Program with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She continues to still learn.

Special guest Catherine Young is a writer, songcrafter, and song leader in the Ubuntu tradition which welcomes all people to weave songs. Throughout our session, she will share songs that are simple and meaningful, threading music of weaving, water, and trees into our work.

Catherine is the author of the poetry collection Geosmin, and among her playful song creations, she has completed a cycle of 12 song rounds for the months of the year.