Current Location:
Muskegon Regional Center
Lake Michigan Center (AWRI) -> Lake Michigan Center (AWRI)
-> 2nd Floor (AWRI)
Location Notes:
LMC; rm 225

Nature's Natural Wonders

Artwork
Identifier:
2001.242.1
Artist:
Marge M. Bekins
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Black Ash
Date:
2001
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 24 in Width: 15 in Depth: 15 in
Description:
Woven basket made with natural wood strips with decorative loops and handles.
Historical Context:
Marge Berkins is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and studied basket making under Charles Shedawin. Traditionally, the black ash holds great significance due to its role in the legend of black ash basket making. According to the story, Black Elk was a man who recieved a vision from the Creator. He was told that when he died, a tree would grow out of the ashes from his cremated body. From this tree, his people could prepare strips to create baskets, teaching them patience and also giving them a way to provide for their families through selling and trading the baskets. This sacred art, along with its story, has been passed along from generation to generation.