Gun Lake Potawatomi elder and his family of black ash basket weavers

A 2009 documentary captures the story of Gun Lake Potawatomi Tribal member, Steve Pigeon and his family. The movie, “Black Ash Basketry: A Story of Cultural Resilience,” details Pigeon’s teachings and experiences making traditional Native American black ash baskets. Similar to their work in the film, Pigeon and his family gathered around a small tent Read More »

Way Back Wednesday: July 8 2015 – Black Ash baskets

This week for Way Back Wednesday, we delve into the Tribal archives to show one of the prides of the CPN Cultural Heritage Center collections made by a Pokagan Band Potawatomi member. Josiah Brown of Shelbyville, Mich. hand crafted this 2.5 ft multicolor hamper from black ash at the age of 16 years old. Black Read More »