Mohawk Sweetgrass Bell Ornaments, Denise Jock, Turtle Clan, Akwesasne
3" H x 2" in diameter
Native Americans have historically made baskets out of indigenous materials. In the North Country these materials are sweetgrass and black ash. At Akwesasne, the Mohawk Nation that straddles the St. Lawrence River, men generally make functional, durable baskets and ceremonial pieces with black ash. For example, wedding baskets, which resemble small picnic baskets, play a role in the traditional Mohawk marriage ceremonies. Women typically make decorative baskets using a combination of black ash and sweetgrass. Different stitches are used to create texture and pattern on the baskets.
Artisan: Denise Jock, Mohawk/Turtle Clan, Akwesasne