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					June 23, 2010                  Section B                         East Cooper’s Weekly Community Newspaper Since 1964




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Smithsonian documents MP basket makers




                                                                                                                                                                                                   FILE PHOTO
                                                                                                                                     The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association
                                                                                                                                     hosts a Sweetgrass Basket Makers Summer Camp at
                                                                                                                                     Creative Spark as part of their continuing efforts to
                                                                                                                                     preserve this historical craft. Last year’s participants,
                                                                                                                                     William Milton and Gabrielle Milton, had a great time.


                                                                                                                                  Additional funding for the
                                                                                                                                video components has been
                                                                                                                                provided by the Henry and
                                                                                                                                Sylvia Yaschik Foundation,
                                                                                                                                the South Carolina Humani-
                                                                                                                                ties Council and the South
                                                                                                                                Carolina Arts Commission.
                                                                                                                                  “The end result of the ex-
                                                                                                                                hibition demonstrates the
                                                                                                                                many collaborative efforts
                                                                                                                                to bring together a wonder-
                                                                                                    FILE PHOTO/HELEN R. HAMMOND ful end result,” Stokes-Mar-
Sweetgrass basket maker Nakia Wigfall is shown on Dewees Island gathering seeds from the sweetgrass                             shall said.
plant which she will later replant in another location.                                                                           Visit www.nmafa.si.edu/
                                                                                                                                exhibits for more informa-
BY HELEN R. HAMMOND             Thomasena Stokes- Mar- portant work of art and sym- Program. The National En- tion about this exhibition.
MOULTRIE NEWS                   shall, Sweetgrass Cultural bol for African-American dowment for the Humanities
  A new traveling exhibition Arts Festival executive di- identity. The exhibition doc- honored “Grass Roots” with                 (Helen R. Hammond can                  PHOTO PROVIDED BY NATIONAL
                                                                                                                                                                              MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART
that started at the Gibbes rector.                               uments the domestication of a “We the People—America’s be reached at helen@moult-
Museum in Charleston will         “The exhibition is really sig- rice in West African, through Historic Places” designa- rienews.com. Visit us at Pear Dingle is shown at
be opening at the Smithso- nificant because a good per- the Transatlantic slave trade tion.                                     www.moultrienews.com.)           her family’s basket stand
nian’s National Museum of centage (more than a third) to the migration of African                                                                                on Hwy. 17 in 1959.
African Art from June 23 of the baskets that are being rice culture to America. In-
through November 28.            displayed have been made cluded is the history of the
  “Grass Roots: African Ori- and displayed by basket Carolina rice plantations and
gins of an American Art” de- makers in Mount Pleasant the contributions African
tails the African people’s con- and the East Cooper area,” people brought to America.
tribution of their art form: she said.                             “Grass Roots: African Ori-
sweetgrass basket making.         Stokes- Marshall added gins of an American Art” is
  The exhibition is organized that Lowcountry sweetgrass organized by the Museum
by the Museum for African basket makers are featured for African Art in New York,
Art in New York, in coop- in the videos. It is in these in cooperation with Avery
eration with Avery Research videos that they share their Research Center for African
Center for African American stories and show their tech- American History and Cul-
History and Culture at the niques.                               ture at the College of Charles-
College of Charleston, McK-       “Knowing that the sweet- ton, McKissick Museum
issick Museum at the Uni- grass baskets and its history at the University of South
versity of South Carolina and is more than 300 years old Carolina and the Sweetgrass
the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts and now to be able to capture Cultural Arts Festival Asso-
Festival Association.           and tell that story around the ciation.
  In the fall of 2008, the de- country, that is amazing- es-       “Grass Roots: African Ori-
but exhibition opened at the pecially since there are so gins of an American Art” has
Gibbes Museum and from many threats to preserving been supported, in part, by
there went to Cincinnati, Los the art form,” Stokes-Mar- grants from the National
Angeles and the McKissick shall said.                            Endowment for the Human-
Museum at the University of       More than 200 baskets are ities, the National Endow-
South Carolina.                 featured. “There are baskets ment for the Arts, the Gay-
  “The Smithsonian [at the from West Africa which show lord and Dorothy Donnelley
National Museum of African the connection to local bas- Foundation and the MetLife                                                                 PHOTO PROVIDED BY NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART
Art] will be the exhibition’s kets here,” she said.              Foundation’s Museums and The Snipe Family basket stand on Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant is shown above.
final resting place,” said        Today the basket is an im- Community Connections


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                                                                                                                                     (Margarita’s mom)




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