John Pigeon (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians), Dorr, Michigan



John Pigeon learned from his parents and grandparents how to select a black ash tree, pound it, and prepare the splints for weaving into baskets. A master weaver, his work can be found in many museums and private collections. As a teacher, he is committed to increasing understanding about his cultural heritage among non-Natives and passing on this tradition to the next generations of weavers within his own family and community. John was a participant in the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.