Renée is a Anishinaabe natural fiber artist and teacher, raised in Anishinaabe communities of Michigan. She has performed countless presentations in universities, museums and community organizations as well as teaches an immeasurable number of workshops & classes to elders and families in Anishinaabe communities. In 2010, Renée was the recipient the Michigan Heritage Award for her lifetime achievement in Natural Fiber Arts. From her earliest exposure of creating functional art in finger weaving, through more than 45 years of various fiber work and instructing others, Renée is a master artist of Anishinaabe natural fiber skills and knowledge.

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In staying true to traditional Anishinaabe methods, she harvests and processes the materials herself. Such materials commonly include basswood, birch bark, cedar, cattails, spruce, milkweed, red willow, black ash, sweet grass and bulrush. Whichever the fiber, she prefers to teach the discipline in its entirety, from plant botany, environment and weather, seasons and life-cycles, responsible-harvesting techniques, natural dyes, processing methods, Anishinaabe stories, songs, ceremonial teachings, historical connections, and related Anishinaabe language. Renée is most notably recognized for her expertise and talent in black ash basketry, however she is very knowledgeable and gifted in many traditional Anishinaabe arts such as aankonaagan newborn baby carriers, bone needles, fibre cordage, baskets, containers, sashes, mats and bags. Her artwork is masterfully created with Odawa designs and techniques passed down through her ancestors.

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Dancing Rushes with Renée Dillard

Dancing-Rushes

American Indian with Renée

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Clips of Wasson presenting at Anishinaabewin Conference, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada in 2016; Teaching bulrush harvesting to youth at Lake Huron in 2016; Teaching bulrush bag and mat-making to youth in 2016, while attempting for the first time to teach in Anishinaabe language only.

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"It really all goes back to what my grandmother said when I was a child....Basket making is not a hobby. It's a way of life. I think about that with all natural fibre weaving."

Renée Wasson Dillard, 2018

Renee Dillard, basket maker, indigenous artist. Renee Dillard, Indigenous Artist. Renee Dillard, Indigenous artist, first nations, basket maker, basketry, indigenous arts collective of canada, pass the feather.

Contact Renée

lightallaround@yahoo.com