Basketry serves as a connection between our ancestors and ourselves today. For Interior Alaska Native people, basketry was traditionally made from birch bark and the baskets would be used to collect and store a variety of gathered food. Today, birch bark baskets remain an important part of Alaska Native culture and have become acclaimed
of art. Special guests Lena Tickett and Vernell Titus join us to discuss and demonstrate birch bark basketry. They speak about the basic process and materials used in birch bark basketry as well as the significance of them in Alaska Native culture. To view “Peeling Bark, Creating Art- Birch Bark Baskets” visit www.morristhompsoncenter.org/past-online-events.
This program is the June episode in Denakkanaaga’s Our People Speak series, which focuses on seasonal Alaska Native cultural topics. Please join us every second Friday of the month for discussions of a new topic by esteemed guest speakers. This program and series are proudly brought to you by the partnership between Denakkanaaga, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. Please visit the “Events” tab on the Morris Thompson Center website to view upcoming and past programs and to sign up for updates about future cultural programs. For more information about this series and other programs hosted by Denakkanaaga, please visit www.denakkanaaga.org