She:kon, hello, My name is Carrie Hill, I am a Mohawk, from Akwesasne and I make baskets. The tradition of weaving Black Ash Splints and Sweetgrass goes back generations in my family.
I learned first from my Aunt and excelled early. Weaving felt natural, right; I fell in love with the entire process and was soon creating my own unique pieces.
The journey begins with gathering sweetgrass and preparing the long strips of black ash, called splints. Each must be shaved, split and cut to size; this is the most difficult part of making a basket.
Today I am the teacher. I continue to pass the tradition along to the next generation, my children and to those in my community who want to learn.