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Published on Jun 22, 2011
After being accepted into the NMAI Artist Leadership Program and completing her research in December 2010 of cultural material associated with the black ash, Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Ojibwe Indians) coordinated a community arts symposium titled "Black Ash Basketry and the Emerald Ash Borer: Sustaining Traditions" in April 2011 that brought together 16 Native nations, 4 governmental organizations and 4 state universities that attracted approximately 62 symposium participants from Canada, NE United States, and the Great Lakes to Plainwell, Michigan. This symposium addressed the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer, the loss of ash trees, and ways to sustain the traditions of black ash basket making for generations to come. Panel participants included Jennifer Neptune, Richard David, Michael Benedict, and Cherish Parrish share their personal stories on why they participated in this symposium and support the cultural arts of black ash basket making . This video was directed by RJ Joseph.