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Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Awards



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Kelly Church (l) and Cherish Parrish (r)

Kelly Church and Cherish Parrish
2009 master artist and apprentice
Hopkins (Allegan County)
black ash baskets


Kelly Church is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa and a fifth-generation black ash basket maker, an art form she learned from her father, Bill Church, and her cousin, John Pigeon. Kelly demonstrates and teaches basket weaving to a variety of audiences. With support from the National Museum of the American Indian, Kelly coordinated a symposium in 2006 to teach other black ash basket weavers about the Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that is destroying thousands of black ash trees. She advocates for the collection of ash seeds to ensure the future of black ash basket making. Kelly also works with birch bark and birch bark biting. With this apprenticeship she is teaching her daughter, Cherish Nebeshanze Parrish, the art of black ash baskets.

See their website:
The Art of Kelly Church and Cherish Parrish


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