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Artist restoring a lost tradition to her people


July 27, 2021

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe

April Stone, left, beats down the outer layer of an ash tree while Liandra Skenandore peels it away from the log to create a splint that will be cut into strips for basket weaving on Saturday at Miners Memorial Heritage Park, as part of the Emberlight Festival's "Discovering Artists In Nature" event.


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IRONWOOD - There were many lessons to learn by observing the process of basket weaving, from sourcing and processing of wood into materials and construction, but it was also a chance to witness the resurgence of a local art form that was nearly lost to history.

April Stone of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, brought her talent for basket making and storytelling to Miners Memorial Heritage Park on Saturday as part of the Emberlight Festival. She walked a crowd of more than 40 guests through the process of making splints from a black...

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