Edith Bondie

Courtesy of Michigan State University Museum
Name
Edith Bondie
Born
Mikado, Michigan
Died
Hubbard Lake, Michigan
born Mikado, MI 1918-died Hubbard Lake, MI 2005
Nationalities
American
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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.

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