Mikado, Michigan 1918
Hubbard Lake, Michigan 2005
Courtesy of Michigan State University Museum
Luce Artist Quote
"I got very little education other than nature." Edith Bondie, biography, Renwick file
Luce Artist Biography
Edith Bondie is a Chippewa Indian who grew up in the lumber camps of northern Michigan. Her mother was a basketmaker who often gave Edith scrap materials to play with while she worked. Bondie uses black ash, which she cuts from trees in a swamp near her home. She peels off the bark, cuts the wood into strips, then weaves these into baskets using only a knife and a pair of scissors. One basket can take up to six weeks to complete, and Bondie rarely makes more than fifteen in a year.