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Basket making at the Adirondack Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - Yvonne Phillips will demonstrate the skill of making ash baskets by hand at the Adirondack Museum on Aug. 6 through Aug. 10, 2009. The demonstration will be held in the Mark W. Potter Education Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is included in the price of general admission.

Phillips is a fourth generation Native American basket weaver. She learned the craft from her grandfather Ernest Phillips, grandmother Peggy Phillips, and her father Ernest "Putt" Phillips around the wood stove in their cabin.

Her family, Abenaki Indians originally from the Canadian border area, were a prime source of Adirondack-style pack baskets nationwide, including baskets for the Alaskan fishing industry.

In addition to traditional pack baskets, Yvonne Phillips also makes candle baskets, arrow quivers, fishing baskets, wine baskets, and more.

The Adirondack Museum tells the story of the Adirondacks through exhibits, special events, classes for schools, and hands-on activities. Basket making is part of a summer-long series of craft and trade demonstrations at the Adirondack Museum.

For information about all that the museum has to offer, please call (518) 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

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