by Anthony Pryor, Summer Student, MCG

Gerald Toney of Annapolis Valley demonstrates traditional basket making at an MCG Black Ash Workshop.

Gerald Toney of Annapolis Valley demonstrates traditional basket making at an MCG Black Ash Workshop.

The black ash is a hardwood tree native to the Acadian Forest Region, known for its use in Mi’kmaw basket making for centuries. Mi’kmaq have made and sold baskets for many years, but the tradition seems to be gradually disappearing from local Mi’kmaw Communities. Black ash is also disappearing from our forests, with “only 12 known mature trees in the province”, according to a recent statement by the Government of Nova Scotia. Lately, the invasive emerald ash borer (covered in the winter 2013 MCG newsletter at To view the full story, you must be a subscriber. Click here for information on how to subscribe.