Chickasaw Culture Keepers

Chickasaw artisan Susan Ledford says that basket weaving is one of the oldest known Native American crafts in existence. To create their baskets, she says, early Chickasaws traditionally used river cane, a material that was easily pliable and abundant. Women would gather supplies and sit with their grandmothers, mothers and daughters to weave. In later years, when baskets were no longer needed for storage, they truly became an art form. As river cane is more scarce today, reeds from rattan plants are also used.