The Story Started
In 1983 a group of people gathered to try and deal with the economic crisis by searching for alternatives to employment in the area.
Culture Craft Co-operative which is now Basket Weavers of PEI was a result of this effort as it offered small-scale, meaningful employment to interested people in the area of Atlantic Canada accustomed to employment in larger, vertically integrated companies.
The ‘co-operative’ alternative offered an opportunity for everyone involved to have a ‘voice’ and provide employment directly to the ‘community’ – a caring community where the history, environment, and way of life are highly valued. Where persons who work together using natural materials develop a natural respect for each other and for the earth.
The Basket Weavers of PEI Co-operative Ltd. is dedicated to the
preservation of the ancient art of traditional ash splint
basket-making. We will strive to train another generation in this art form by means of a museum and interpretive centre, so as to increase public awareness of, interest in and love for natural wood baskets.
- To work in a way that has allowed Acadian, Mi’Kmaq and other peoples
to make their living in harmony with nature for generations.
- To ensure that we shape our culture, customs and beliefs according
to the earth, waters, rocks and forests that have sustained our ancestors.
- To learn about the harmony and interdependence of all living things.
- To act in ways that will foster the continuation of the once
thriving tradition of basket weaving in ways that are sustainable
To be a non profit historical society with a museum featuring a vast sampling of Acadian and Mi”Kmaq baskets. There will also be an interpreitive centre including a tour that will give visitors a better understanding of the many stages involved in the basket weaving process-from harvesting and processing the raw material to adding the final touches in the creation of a one of a kind art.
We will also provide training, education, and basket weaving retreats, workshops and demonstrations. Ethics of harvesting GOAL: The least disruption of the natural ecosystem, to sustain the resource ” for generations yet unborn” To continue the history of basketry for future generation
The programs and services we offer are available Island wide.