Making brown ash baskets was once the livelihood of Maine's Indians. An axe tha
Making brown ash baskets was once the livelihood of Maine's Indians. An axe that Fred "Moose" Moore Jr. uses to pound an ash log on the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy reservation has been in his family for four generations. Micmacs and Maliseets used to make round baskets for Maine's potato harvest. The Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance fosters interaction among Maine's four Indian tribes, and the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program allows the younger generation to learn basketmaking. The brown ash tree, an essential component for basketmaking, is not as plentiful as it once was, and the trees suffered a dieback in the 1980s. With comments from basketmakers and apprentices on keeping the tradition alive.
Baskets, Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance South Paris
Steindorf, Sally, "Making brown ash baskets was once the livelihood of Maine's Indians. An axe tha" (2000). Maine News Index – Salt. 314.