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Irene McDonald

Hogansburg, New York 1940

Luce Artist Biography

Irene McDonald grew up on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation in Hogansburg, New York. She learned basketmaking when she was a child by watching her grandmother weave, but made no baskets of her own until she was in her late thirties. She combines black ash with sweetgrass to create traditional Mohawk splint baskets that people enjoy for their fragrance as well as their design and function.