Carrie Hill

She:kon. My name is Carrie Hill. I am a Mohawk sweetgrass and black ash splint basket maker. Basket Making has been in my family for many generations. I have learned the skill from my Aunt after I had my second child. I asked if she could teach me and when I went to her to learn I picked it up rather easily. It felt like something that I was supposed to be doing. I soon fell in love with the weaving process and creating my own unique pieces. My Aunt taught me how to gather the sweetgrass used for making the baskets, and I also fell in love with preparing the splint, which in my opinion is the hardest part of making the basket. I now teach my children the steps to making their own creations. Along with teaching my own children, I have also taught many classes to interested people ranging from young to old. I talk them through the process so that they will get an understanding of how to weave while stressing the importance of passing on the tradition of making the basket. My baskets have traveled all over to places such as Italy, England, and there is one in the permanent collection in the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology in Providence,Rhode Island.