Author: April Stone
April Stone is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and has been studying and weaving with black ash since 1998. She has been widely recognized for her working knowledge of and education around basketry that utilizes fibers from ash trees. She earned the Minnesota Historical Society’s Artist-in-Residence Award in 2017, through which she wove a casket alongside community members to bring attention to the emerald ash borer. Additionally, she received a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Regional Arts Fellowship Award in 2015, and a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Mentorship Award in 2020. She continues to share her working knowledge both far and wide, while being thought of as a gentle educator.