Basket Maker Now Teaches Skills She Learned 20 Years Ago

Apr 10, 2013

The Vermont Folklife Center's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program started 20 years ago and since then its underwritten apprenticeships in a wide range of arts.  But its initial focus was on preserving Vermont's Native American culture.

Among the first apprentices was a woman who set out to learn the traditional basket making of her ancestors.  She is now a master herself, and teaches the skills she learned 20 years ago.

In addition to her work as a basket maker, Jeanne Brink is co-author of A Western Abenaki Language Guide and she gives talks and workshops on Abenaki culture.   

Note: Jeanne will speak tomorrow at 7pm at the One World Conservation Center in Bennington.