blog post 4: basket case

     For those who don’t know, the group that I’m working with has decided to do the projects on baskets. Specifically, ones located around Alaska. this could be seen as not very interesting of a topic in terms of research because of how much is known and recorded with in the UAF museum. The problem there is that the museum tends to limit itself to the cultural significant of such things and tends to shy away from the baskets themselves. Information such as how they are made, materials used, and how to gather and prepare the material is never really discussed. Of course we plan to also talk about the cultural significant too, but hopefully we can go deeper than that in that we may also talk about baskets historically. For example, when referring to masks, mostly a museum tends to convey that certain tribes used or use them. The who, what, and where, can easily be figured out, but the when and why is not thought about as much. With baskets this is something we can go farther into (hopefully), even if the answer is a simple one, such as the baskets were made because carrying things in the hands gets tiresome day after day.

     Even though I listed some research topics our main focus will be on making the baskets. We plan on recording the basket being made and then converting it into a time laps video. The research is planned to go on to a website where we are going to separate the information in to different categories. I believe that these two separate projects are good for the audience because both can and probably will be highly visual. And that is the benefit of the project. If one is desperate enough to look up more information (augmented reality) after reading what the museum has to offer, there probably doing it because they want to learn more about it through demonstrations and videos. And to be fair if you were not wanting to learn something through seeing and interacting, you probably would be at home reading a book about baskets instead.  

     The only major drawback to this project is that, as I mentioned above museums like to talk about the fact that baskets are culturally significant, even if they don’t go very deep in to that it’s okay because the viewer now knows that the basket was significant in some way and they can leave knowing that the museum has something significantly significant. Apparently websites are very similar to that. There are very few trust worthy sites that have useful information on the finer things in life such as baskets and basket weaving. However, there are other ways to find the information (YouTube, and documentaries) needed so I’m sure we’ll be fine. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t go so far as to the point that we might have to read books on the subject…


3 thoughts on “blog post 4: basket case

  1. I love that your topic is sometimes so simple and in some ways common, but has such an interesting history and process of creation. It’s really relevant to the museum which is great, significantly significant indeed 🙂 The time lapse video was a really smart idea. I think your project really ties together, each of you is covering something relevant and interesting. I don’t think you should worry too much about your project being text heavy, having 1000 words each on a different part of the history/creation of baskets seems just about right for a quick read in a museum.


  2. Great choice on making the time lapse video, I think that the audience will really connect with seeing how something so time consuming can be made. The instructional videos on how things are made, I have found are very interesting to all ages and all types of people because we are able to watch it quickly and are able to move on to another exhibit that might catch out attention. It puts a very personal twist on your project as well because showing how a basket is made is much more exciting and attracting to watch then just talking about it in essay format. Good job, I can’t wait to see the video.


  3. I really liked the presentation your group has done. I feel that there was a genuine effort put into the research. the one suggestion that I have is that this is a really cool project. But, if I was going to be reading this and be really engaged I’d like to know how to do this also. If you could possibly put links to material that will help people maybe learn how to do this I think that would be great. Because to me it seems that a vast majority of materials can be used to weave these baskets. This would allow people to keep the tradition living that way it endures for generations.


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