Native American Baskets (Susan and all)
- Dear Friends in Art Education;
I'm still looking to see if I can find some Native American Baskets for
Susan to use with her paper cup weaving for the youngers (paper plate
weaving works well too - just cut out a wee bit so the basket will turn up
as you weave). I did see a couple images that would work in my Navajo hunt:.
I hope I am not too late, Susan.
Here is a general baskets page - giving you several different ones to
compare and contrast:
http://www.indiansummer.com/baskets.htm ..but no spoke like baskets (which
is what I am thinking of)
Ah - yes - here is a Hopi Example:
Susan - these sound like they fit the plan you described. You might try
having them draw/design a special symbol to go in the center since you won't
be able to weave the center.
I'm wondering how a simple yarn painting might look in the center if you do
the plate instead of the cup? Let us know how your project turns out and
what culture you used. If you do the plate, maybe it could become a
plaque/wall hanging - and have a clay medallion in the center (with an
important symbol - self hardening clay would work)?
These all come from this site:
I like this site - It has some artists biographies as well. I will use this
site when I do Incredible Artists.
Folks - continue to post quality sites you find. Basket making comes up
every year. This way we will have some links to share.
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department
Thttp://www.chisholm.k12.mn.us/~zsceglar/resource.html , this is a
good site for different native baskets ( Great Lakes region)
If you go into baskets for all seasons, you will find on the bottom one
for a woven black ash basket.
I've made baskets as described on that page, birchbark with quills,
sweetgrass and black ash baskets.
The hardest thing , making a black ash basket, is to pound the strips
from the ash log and than splitting them. Weaving is a snap. One reason
people nowadays buy their weaving splints..If you have natives in your
area that still knwo how to make the baskets ' the old way', try to get
one to come to school, so the students can see what a laborious job it
is to make those splints.
Also, you must have room for tubs to soak the splints.
In our area, before Easter, just when the weeping willows got their
golden color and had no leaves yet, I would gather the long, straight
branches and brought them straight to school to work with. if they are
worked with immediately, they are pliable, will not break and work up
fast into a little 'Easter basket'. Also did not cost anything.
Yes, I make sweetgrass baskets, but the truth is that one does not need
to have sweetgrass in order to make those baskets, any long grass will
Birchbark baskets are harder to make, one has to have the right bark,
harvested at the right time and it has to be stored right. The natives
in the great Lakes Region also used birchbark containers to store food
in, dug into the ground.The bark kept it from rotting.
If any of you want to make above baskets and need resource help, I am
glad to do that.
- This is a better link to black ash baskets.