Birch Bark Basketry

Introduction Paper Birch (Betula neoalaskana Sarg.) Family: Betulaceae Meaning behind Latin names: Betula possibly comes from the Sanskrit word burga, meaning “a tree whose bark is for writing on,’ whereas neoalaskana means “new Alaska’ (Grey 2011, p. 242) Other common names: Alaskan paper birch, Resin birch, and Yukon white birch …

Beachgrass Basket

When you pick it you say a little prayer, thanking the grass for letting us have some of it, and that we won’t abuse it ~ Maria Turnpaugh (Smithsonian, 2003). Leymus mollis (Trin.) Pilg. (Poaceae) Taxonomy and Etymology: There have been several scientific names for this plant in the past, …