Image by Kent Estey

A sense of serenity is instilled within myself as well as in people who come to learn. Many things are taught, such as patience, a belief in one’s self, determination, hard work, creativity, uniqueness and pride.”
— Clyde Estey

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TRIBE: Minnesota Chippewa

MEDIUM: Black Ash Baskets

LOCATION: Naytahwaush, Minnesota

 

2000 COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD HONOREE

 

“My community is strengthened by the teaching of my art; with the hope of keeping Black Ash Basketry alive. It was important for me to teach my family this art. This form of basketry has now been practiced by four generations. Although each basket is unique to the weaver, the flower found on our baskets is “our” unique signature. I also have a strong desire to continue teaching because it is also a time of sharing stories, sharing pieces of history, bits of wisdom and at times, laughter and humor. A sense of serenity is instilled within myself as well as in people who come to learn. Many things are taught, such as patience, a belief in one’s self, determination, hard work, creativity, uniqueness and pride. These too, are important reasons for continuing my work.” – Clyde Estey

“To many, Clyde is a teacher, mentor, inventor and spiritual leader. He exemplifies all that is symbolic of a community elder. He cares deeply for his community, his family and his friends. His most important role is that of a devoted father, husband and grandfather. He is always teaching someone his gifts, or unselfishly sharing his insight with others. Many seek his spiritual wisdom and direction. Clyde has always loved the natural land and the traditional art of making something beautiful out of the natural resources he finds in the Northwood’s. He continues to pass on these traditional gifts by the unique baskets he creates. His strong ties to the Ojibwe tradition is represented in his flower, a personal signature, he uses on his baskets.” – Pamela Snetsinger, nominator