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Mashantucket Pequot Artist Series – Basket Making with White Hair Smiling

Artist White Hair Smiling teaches basket coiling with pine needles and talks about local pine trees as an edible food source. She also uses sweet grass in her class and discusses the significance of this grass in Eastern Woodland culture.

 

 

 $70 for the class includes all materials.

You will go home with your very own coiled pine needle basket!

 

Space is limited. To register call 860-396-6910 or email visitorservice@pequotmuseum.org

 

White Hair Smiling is a Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Elder. She is a multimedia artist -- pine needle and sweetgrass basket coiling, mosaic and gourd crafting are her preferred arts. 

 

She was born in Westerly, RI and has many blood ties to local tribes --­ Narragansett, Wampanoag, Eastern and Western Pequot, as well as Mohegan.

 

She is finishing her degree from the School of Mosaic Arts in Chicago, but gives credit to her Narragansett Tribal Elders for teaching her about the gift of pine needles and sweet grass. Select works are currently on display in the Mashantucket Gallery of the Pequot Museum.