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Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Awards

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Renée Wasson Dillard (l) and
Kristina Deland-Phillips (r)
Photo by LuAnne Kozma

Renée Wasson Dillard and Kristina Deland-Phillips
2009 master artist and apprentice
Harbor Springs and Portland (Emmet and Ionia Counties)
black ash basket

Renée Wasson Dillard is recognized as a highly accomplished master finger weaver, black ash basket maker, culture bearer and educator. Born of a Scottish-American mother and Odawa father, Renée draws on her two heritages and love for traditional fiber arts. She weaves cedar bark, black ash baskets, and cattail and bulrush mats, has become proficient in making birch bark boxes, and also finger weaves sashes, a tradition she learned as a young girl from her mother. She began making baskets as a child and currently weaves baskets full time, and teaches basket making in order to preserve this tradition. Renée selected Kristina Deland-Phillips, of Portland, a young Odawa woman whose family she has known her whole life, as her apprentice to help continue this tradition with younger generations.

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