Mini Pack Basket by Penelope S. Minner


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The beautiful Mini Pack Basket by Penelope S. Minner is made from black ash splints. The 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.

Although this is a mini pack basket for collection/display purposes, full size pack baskets were 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.

Penelope “Penny” Minner (Seneca, Turtle Clan) is a practicing basket maker who helps keep the tradition alive by teaching others. She has work in several Museum including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

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Artist Statement:

“My parents were very artistic, traditional crafts people of their time. My father, Lester Jimerson was a traditional wood carver, mask maker, he made horn rattles and turtle rattles and traditional Seneca head dresses, while my mother, Hazel would make corn husk dolls and corn husk mats and salt bottles. They both have works in the Smithsonian Institute collections. Traditional arts and crafts were common place in our household. I learned much from watching them. I also learned a lot about basket making from my cousin, Midge Dean Stock. I feel that through my talents I am able to share their spirit with others to pass on to the next generation and to those who are willing to learn. Within the last 5 years I have worked within the community to teach black ash splint basket making and corn husk doll making, though I have been practicing the crafts for over 13 years.” Penelope S. Minner

Mini Pack Basket by Penelope S. Minner

Measures: 4 inches tall and 3 inches wide


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