Baskets

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Enslaved children learned valuable skills from parents when chores were done. They helped their mothers or fathers weave baskets from locally-grown grasses--just as their parents had learned basket-making from African ancestors. Baskets were used for food preparation, storage, and as luggage.

Today, African-American basketmakers in coastal Georgia and South Carolina still make them the same way their great grandparents did.



* Think about it

What kinds of skills have you learned from a parent or grandparent?

What was helpful in learning this skill?

Were any of these skills 'handed down' in your family, or are any associated with your ancestors?


 

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