This basket was made in the Western Subarctic zone by an unknown maker. In the Red River region, birch baskets with this type of pyramidal form are known as “rogan”, and were typically used for food storage.
The C2 Centre for Craft is located in what we now know as Manitoba, the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Ininiwak, Dene, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate, Inuit Peoples, and the national homeland of the Red River Métis. These lands include territory subject to Treaties 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10.
Craft occupies a space that has the hand and the handmade at its centre. It rejoices in sharing knowledge and solving problems. It stems from, creates, and nurtures community. It allows us to build bridges through shared action, but also fosters courage, empathy, and connection.
We acknowledge the deep harm caused by settlement, and we look forward to using craft in our efforts towards reconciliation and positive change.