Basketry Exhibit to Open at Anthropology Museum

Shaker baskets, Appalachian white oak baskets, Cherokee river cane baskets and African-American seagrass baskets are part of an exhibit opening April 1 at Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology.

“Over, Under, Around and Through,” a collection of basketry and photographs created by the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., will be on display through May 23.

The exhibit includes examples of four kinds of traditional American baskets as well as photographs of people making them.

“One of the oldest human activities is the weaving of plant materials into baskets,” said Jan Davidson, director of the folk school. “What strikes one about the older forms is their appropriateness to their places, their makers and themselves.”

In addition to the American baskets, baskets from cultures around the world that are part of the museum’s permanent collections will be display.

The exhibit is toured by the Southern Arts Federation Folk Arts and Southern Culture Traveling Exhibits Program.

Admission is free. The museum is located behind the tennis courts, adjacent to Wake Forest’s track stadium. For more information, call 759-5282.

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