about Native Basketry

As elders versed in native weaving traditions grow older, some fear that the art of basket making is on its way out. This section of the festival disproves the naysayers with a celebration of weavers working all across the country.

"Carriers of Culture: Living Native Basket Traditions" brings together 75 American basket weavers from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. They offer demonstrations of their craft and host discussions about finding materials and passing on weaving traditions. A family activities tent allows visitors to try their hands at weaving.

Basket dancers from Arizona's Tohono O'odham tribe perform daily.

This section is presented in conjunction with the National Museum of the American Indian and the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, Mich.

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