Weaving Together Livelihood and Culture in Maine, USA

  • Gabriel Frey
  • Marla R. EmeryEmail author
  • Suzanne Greenlaw
Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)


For Gabriel Frey, making baskets from brown ash trees (Fraxinus nigra Marshall; also known as black ash) is a source of interwoven values of family, culture, identity, and income. Among these values, basket making plays a pivotal role in his young family’s livelihood. As a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, brown ash baskets are an integral part of Gabriel’s culture and identity. Gabriel works as a massage therapist but it is income from selling his baskets that has made it possible for his family thrive and move ahead financially.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Frey
    • 1
  • Marla R. Emery
    • 2
    Email author
  • Suzanne Greenlaw
    • 1
  1. 1.OronoUSA
  2. 2.USDA Forest ServiceBurlingtonUSA

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