Basket Weaving Group (Wyatt Slater, Emmy Stern, and Kevin Blanchard)

Timeline:

  • March 29th – Create timeline and find sources for research on baskets.
  • March 31st – Turn in plan and begin researching our various sources to help create our website.
  • April 5th – Sort out what parts of our research we want to put onto the website, along with any pictures or maps we might want to use. Publish these onto the website.
  • April 7th – Start modifications to website and discuss feasibility of possible video.
  • April 12th – Embellish website with more pictures or maps, and also embellish it design wise to make it more appealing.
  • April 14th – Further embellish website and pilfer through research to make sure we’ve met with the requirements of the project.
  • April 19th – Edit research on the website and begin editing for final draft.
  • April 21st – Finalize website to turn in.
  • April 26th – Turn in finalized version of website.

The goal for our group is to look at how basket weaving has been important to various tribes of indigenous peoples of Alaska. Emmy, Kevin, and I will be researching three different aspects of baskets and basket weaving in order to culminate our findings into a website. Personally, I will be looking at the history of different basket weaving. I’ll look at how basket weaving started in different regions of Alaska and try to find any other historical data that I can find about baskets. I will also look at how possibly geography can play a role in the development of ways of basket weaving here in Alaska. I will also try to maybe find some facts about the cultural significance of baskets to their respective cultures. Emmy will be researching about the different stories that are woven into baskets, since for some tribes, they use baskets as a means to tell stories/myths. She is also wanting to implement a poem about basket weaving into the project as well, to keep in touch with the origins of basket weaving itself. Kevin will be looking at the actual practicalities of the baskets and any other sort of interesting facts that he can learn. We will use a website as the way that we present our findings. We will implement pictures and possibly maps to help further our explanation. We are also thinking about doing a video of a time lapse construction of a basket through weaving. The poem that Emmy is wanting to do might be implemented over the video to make it more interesting. As of right now however, we are still determining the feasibility of doing a video ourselves as we need to find someone to actually weave a basket for us to videotape. We might end up possibly using a video of a basket weaver on YouTube and play the audio of the poem over that video.

Annotated Citations

Wyatt Slater

“Native American Indian Baskets – Appreciating Basket Weaving.” Support Native American Art. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.
This website has some historical data that I could most definitely use for my research. It details the origins of the art of basket weaving in some detail. It illustrates the different takes on basket weaving by different tribes. It also illustrates the different ways of how to weave baskets which could help with my theory of geography being a key factor in why basket weaving is varied from tribe to tribe. The source I feel is credible, and I will hope to use it as part of my research in the upcoming weeks. The website also details characteristics of baskets that have been made by tribes across the U.S. and Alaska.
“Basketry.” Basketry. Burke Museum. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.
This website has a very long history detailing the art of basket weaving in the Pacific Northwest. It goes into detail about various tribes in the Pacific Northwest and how they have implemented the baskets into their respective societies. It goes on to talk about modern day basket weaving and the different difficulties that the art has been subject to in recent times. It talks about how the art almost died out because of prolonged exposure to Europeans and eventually the trials and tribulations they would have to face against the American government. The website I feel is credible since it’s been published by a museum in Washington.
Kevin Blanchard

Tommey, Matt. “How to make a basket” Mattommey. Mattommey, n.d. Web. 30 march 2016.

Mat Tommey shares on his website many things about basket weaving. But when talking about how to make a basket Matt doesn’t focus on how to make the basket, but rather he goes in depth in to how to harvest and prepare the strips of wood that is used in order to make the basket. The article starts off by matt telling about when he started making baskets and how he got hooked in to making them. From there he talks about how he gathers and prepares the wood or other material like that in order to make the baskets.

This is unique in that many times when people ask about how baskets are made, they get a reply such as “out of birch bark”. But Tommey actually tells about his process of preparation in a way that is easily understandable

“American Indian Baskets.” Native-languages. Native Languages of the Americas, n.d. Web. 30 March 2016.

This web site was very useful in that it gave a list of baskets commonly used and made between native cultures. This was interesting because you could compare the baskets form, patterns and material between well-known Indian and native Alaskan groups. this is useful because when talking about a specific piece of material (in this case the basket) it’s good to mention why its different or unique comparatively to other similar material. In the case of our project, since wee are focusing more specifically towards Alaska, the main difference is the material use to make the baskets (such as cedar bark and grass).
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2 thoughts on “Basket Weaving Group (Wyatt Slater, Emmy Stern, and Kevin Blanchard)

  1. I like how basket weaving is viewed as an art in this project. Often times, people (myself included) only see it for its practical purpose and not an art form. Also, exploring the time period when basket weaving almost died out due to Western influence is a great idea; I have never even considered it. It would be really nice if you guys were able to create a basket weaving video but adding the poem as an audio would be a good alternative. One thing to consider is comparing different basket weaving styles across different cultures or time periods in the form of pictures/timelines.

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    • The practicality side of this project I feel has tremendous upside and has the potential to spark people’s interest in creating their own baskets. Relating it back to Alaska and talking about baskets that are typically made in Alaska for their specific needs and talking about how they can differ from baskets made in different parts of the country could be a nice way to explain some baskets illustrate certain artwork or why the baskets up here are different. Bringing in the artsy side of baskets might be too much to cover in one project because art can be interpreted in so many different ways and there are a lot of sides to it that could lead to the screen being cluttered or very full. But just touching on the art side of it may work to provide some variety and change of pace within the project.

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