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    Made by Robin Lazore of the Mohawk Nation, this durable black ash pack basket is ready for utilitarian use as it was intended. Or simply add it to your collection of baskets. The basket has a handle for ease of carrying. Black ash is the tree of choice for Iroquois people for producing splint basketry. Black ash growth rings are separated by pounding with the back of an axe; the splints produced are flexible when moistened and become very strong once woven into a basket and dried. Pack baskets are crafted with sturdy, tightly woven black ash splints that are used by hunters and trappers to bring their harvests home. Women used them to carry the plants and food they harvest. Today, with the reemergence of natural products gaining traction, more and more people are using these traditional baskets in their everyday lives for shopping, gathering, or simply transporting items from one place to another.
  • Black ash sun hat made by Penelope Minner of the Seneca Nation. This unique hat also has sweetgrass woven into the brim. This hat can be used for its intended purposes or would be a great addition to your collection. Iroquois people have been weaving baskets and other items for utilitarian uses for centuries. Penelope as a modern artist often pushes the bounds of basket weaving into new and innovative ideas. Black ash tree splints are most commonly used for making baskets. Threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer, black ash trees are in danger of being wiped out in the United States.
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    Corn Wash Basket

    $315.00 $236.25
    Corn Wash Basket Made by Robin Lazore of the Mohawk Nation. These types of baskets have been made any used by Haudenosuanee people for centuries. Corn Washing Baskets are made so that the nature of the weave is loose. This type of weave permitted the corn, after cooking with wood ashes, to be dipped into a stream to wash away ashes and the outer hulls of corn kernels. The loose weave allows the water to flow freely through the basket. Today's Uses: Traditional method for corn washing, home decor, storage for important items, washing greens and other plants, collection.
  • This beautiful Penelope Minner- Beaded Basket Purse is made with black ash splint, velvet and glass beads. This unique purse is a fully functional piece of wearable art. Splints made from pounding black ash logs, have been used by Indigenous people for centuries. Black ash trees, and the harvested splints are in danger of being eradicated due to the Emerald Ash Borer. Penelope "Penny" Minner (Seneca, Turtle Clan) is a practicing basket maker and bead worker whose work is a blend of traditional styles with a modern twist.
  • This beautiful Penelope Minner- Small Tote Basket is made with tree splints. This unique small tote basket can be used for carrying lite items, home decor or as a piece of your collection. Splints made from trees, have been used by Indigenous people for centuries. Penelope "Penny" Minner (Seneca, Turtle Clan) is a practicing basket maker and bead worker whose work is a blend of traditional styles with a modern twist.
  • This Penelope Minner- Wall Hanging Basket is made in a classic Iroquois style for wall hanging baskets. Penelope "Penny" Minner, Seneca-Turtle Clan, is a practicing basket maker and bead worker whose work is a blend of traditional styles with a modern twist. Splints made from pounding black ash trees, have been used by Indigenous people for centuries. Black ash trees, and the harvested splints are in danger of being eradicated due to the Emerald Ash Borer.