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Embracing The Cherokee Tradition Of Rivercane Use


Last updated 6/27/2021 at 10:13pm

Dylan Morgan watches Lucille Lossiah weave a basket.

Cherokee rivercane baskets have been getting smaller. These days, an intricately woven basket might be only the diameter of an apple. Artisans have been making some baskets smaller to make the most of the rivercane, because there's so little left to harvest.

Even Dylan Morgan, a 26-year-old who has been making baskets for less than five years, has seen the decline in rivercane.

"I'd hate to get so in love with this craft, to spend so much time learning, just for it to – pfft – be gone, just like that," he said.

Morgan comes from a family of wood carvers, and he took up that craft...

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