Four Views of a Black Ash Basket
This is a Black Ash basket created in 2008 by Cherish Parrish, a member of the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians. She is of Ottawa descent and lives in Michigan. The basket is entitled "The Next Generation." The dimensions of the basket are 36.5" x 15.0" x 12.2" and is made from Black Ash tree splints, with a sweetgrass trim at the top. It is woven to represent the belly of a pregnant woman and illustrate the significance of pregnancy in Native American socieities. Parrish also used Black Ash weaving in creating the basket to bring attention to the plight of the endangered Black Ash trees in the Great Lakes area.