Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The orginal wildcrafters

Just in the process of completing a research project to locate images of Mi'kmaq people engaged in basket making activities. Gleaning through provincial archival collections is revealing some profound images that will stay with me for some time to come. These people had an incredibly deep understanding of their natural environment, basket weaving just one expression of that knowledge.
I'm glad to have been given the opportunity to do this research and its definitely given me some food for thought.

Today, am back to my foraging activities. First harvesting forsythia from the massive bushes on the property here. They are in some need of pruning, so the harvest stands as double duty. The workshop is looking increasingly Springlike.

Off into the ditches again this afternoon. This time for red osier and some more alder branches. Considering that perhaps hip waders maybe a necessary edition to my stock of equipment.


  1. I've just read all your posts. Very interesting to read the life and times of a forager! Looking forward to reading your next installment.

    In the mean time, I hope you won't need hip waders!

  2. Thanks - all part of the life and times. You should see my pruning gloves!