Weaving Together Livelihood and Culture in Maine, USA
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.