Black Ash Basket Weaving Classes Attended by Enthusiastic Participants

The Region of Three Oaks Museum and members of the  Pokagon Band of Potawatomie Indians presented black ash basket weaving classes July 25th and 26th.  All three classes were filled and beautiful baskets were proudly created by the attendees who spent three to four hours completing their individual project.  

The Region of Three Oaks Museum and members of the  Pokagon Band of Potawatomie Indians presented black ash basket weaving classes July 25th and 26th.  All three classes were filled and beautiful baskets were proudly created by the attendees who spent three to four hours completing their individual project.  

Marcus Winchester, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, took on the black ash log preparation with Gary Morseau.  

Marcus Winchester, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, took on the black ash log preparation with Gary Morseau.

 

Christine Morceau of the Pokagon Band taught the basket weaving classes.  Her husband, Gary, prepared the black ash logs which provide the material for making the baskets. The class participants had the opportunity to learn the heritage surrounding this artwork as well as view the Pokagon Black Ash Baskets on display inside the museum.

Christine Morceau of the Pokagon Band taught the basket weaving classes.  Her husband, Gary, prepared the black ash logs which provide the material for making the baskets. The class participants had the opportunity to learn the heritage surrounding this artwork as well as view the Pokagon Black Ash Baskets on display inside the museum.

Participants listen to Gary not only show the log preparation, but tell of the Black Ash Trees importance to the process and the tribe.

Participants listen to Gary not only show the log preparation, but tell of the Black Ash Trees importance to the process and the tribe.

Participants worked hard at completing their project.

Participants worked hard at completing their project.

Class members proudly create individually designed baskets and show their finished trophies for taking home and enjoying.    It was a fun filled, busy two day event.  We hope you had the opportunity to join us!

Class members proudly create individually designed baskets and show their finished trophies for taking home and enjoying.
  
It was a fun filled, busy two day event.  We hope you had the opportunity to join us!

Thanks to the generous support of the Pokagon Fund and the Pokagon Tribe for assisting to make this event possible

Thanks to the generous support of the Pokagon Fund and the Pokagon Tribe for assisting to make this event possible