Current Location:
Eberhard Center -> 2nd Floor (EC)
Location Notes:
EC; 2nd fl; East windows across from elevators

Traditional Basket

Artwork
Identifier:
2008.411.1
Artist:
Marge M. Bekins
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Black Ash
Date:
circa 2000
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 5.75 in Width: 4.5 in Depth: 6 in
Description:
Tan, cylindrical basket weaving. Red border at top, two stripes of red in center. Zig zag pattern in red on the bottom.
Historical Context:
Marge Bekins is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She focused on art while she was in high school, where she received awards for her art. After graduation, she worked in the automobile industry until she was involved in an accident that damaged her neck and back. Due to her injury, she was unable to work at the automobile factory, at which point she discovered Black Ash Basket Making and has been making baskets ever since. She studied the art under Charles Shedawin, who learned it from his late wife.