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TETLIN:Crafting Willow Easter Baskets at the Refuge
Alaska Region, April 26, 2013
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First time refuge participant Juliet Churchill gets help on her willow basket from instructor Connie Friend.
First time refuge participant Juliet Churchill gets help on her willow basket from instructor Connie Friend. - Photo Credit: H. Johnson TNWR 3/16/13
Judy Harmon weaves reed into her willow basket frame at Tetlin Refuge's Easter basket class.
Judy Harmon weaves reed into her willow basket frame at Tetlin Refuge's Easter basket class. - Photo Credit: H. Johnson TNWR 3/16/13
Karla Rallo shows off hers and a friend's baskets after a 6 hour willow Easter basket workshop at Tetlin Refuge.
Karla Rallo shows off hers and a friend's baskets after a 6 hour willow Easter basket workshop at Tetlin Refuge. - Photo Credit: H. Johnson TNWR 3/16/13

Local basket maker (and former Tetlin Refuge employee), Connie Friend, gave a willow basket class to ten Tok ladies recently at the Tetlin Refuge Headquarters. Incorporating her own design of using local willows, these baskets are unique and reflective of Alaska’s wild beauty.
For several participants, this was their first activity with the Refuge (smile) and for many their first baskets. Even for the more experienced basket maker, shaping willows into a basket form can be a bit challenging, but these determined ladies were up to it! After about six hours, working straight through lunch, most left with beautiful finished (or nearly finished) baskets for Easter.
This workshop is part of Tetlin Refuge’s Connecting People with Nature (CPwN) Arts Series being funded through National Conservation Training Center and done in cooperation with University of Alaska – Tok.


Contact Info: Heather Johnson, 907/883-9417, heather_n_johnson@fws.gov



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