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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wisqoq, Mi'kmaq and a Basket







My Mi'kmaq canoe basket is constructed from Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra) and is a large rectangular shape with beautiful engineering in its carriage support bracing and handles, all designed to evenly distribute a heavy weight load.  You can feel the great skill and craftsmanship of its maker that transcends mere functionality to pure artistry in every piece of wood from which it is built. I still use it fairly regularly, albeit with great care despite its sturdy design, respecting the fact it was made somewhere in Nova Scotia, probably in the 1920's.








5 comments:

  1. Hello Mark, Amazing what a skill. Most wonderful baskets the men makes. Thank you for the information.
    Regards,
    Roos

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  2. Happy New Year, Mark! The lovely MicMac basket is beautiful. I have a "large vase" ash basket made by Chief Greg McEwan of the Bear River Mi'kmaq, one of my most treasured possessions. I've watched him work with ash in his studio. That photograph sure looks like the Smith's Cove, Bear River area ~ and I love the schooner in the background!

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    1. The first video had a profound message, btw!

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  3. Happy New Year Mark,fantastic post.
    John.

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  4. Happy New Year Mark,fantastic post.
    John.

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