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Sustaining Traditions—Digital Teachings

A work made of black ash, sweetgrass, copper and rit dye; medicine pouch containing sage, tobacco, sweetgrass, and cedar; glass vial containing emerald ash borer and isopropyl alcohol; usb flash drive.

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  • A work made of black ash, sweetgrass, copper and rit dye; medicine pouch containing sage, tobacco, sweetgrass, and cedar; glass vial containing emerald ash borer and isopropyl alcohol; usb flash drive.

Date:

2018

Artist:

Kelly Church
Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Pottawatomi, Ottawa, and American, born 1967
Hopkins, Michigan

About this artwork

Native artists such as Kelly Church, a fifth-generation basket maker, have relied on black ash trees to make baskets since time immemorial. Across the United States, however, these trees are being decimated by the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect. Church envisions a future when traditional knowledge keepers like herself may not be able to teach this art to the next generation. Inside this basket, she has placed a flash drive containing files that record this knowledge for her community, entrusting our museum to preserve it.

Status

On View, Gallery 262

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Kelly Church

Cultures

Ottawa , Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Pottawatomi

Title

Sustaining Traditions—Digital Teachings

Place

Michigan (Object made in)

Date

2018

Medium

Black ash, sweetgrass, copper and Rit dye; medicine pouch containing sage, tobacco, sweetgrass, and cedar; glass vial containing emerald ash borer and isopropyl alcohol; USB flash drive

Dimensions

Overall: 19.7 × 10.2 cm (7 3/4 × 4 in.)

Credit Line

Mrs. Leonard S. Florsheim Jr. Fund

Reference Number

2020.389a-d

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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