Lynette Etsitty of the Office of Archaeological Studies of New Mexico began a three day workshop here at Coronado Historic Site in the historic John Gaw Meem Visitor’s Center. Lynette had two students learning how to make coiled baskets out of the sumac plant. A short documentary is also being filmed about the process of basket manufacture.
The room that the group was working in was incredibly aromatic from processing the sumac plant. Participants began by splitting branches into two and three slices, then thinning them down to be used later. After processing the materials they began to start the base of a basket, which Lynette says is the most difficult part. Lynette had also brought a few baskets that she had made, which were amazing. Visitors and Staff were impressed by the amount of work it takes to make just one basket.