Join Community Basket

It is such a pleasure to have Mavis Muller and her art featured in Kalele Bookstore and Divine Expressions these past couple of weeks.  Her basketry is exquisite and her spirit generous.  We are assembling a community basket for the remainder of this week in preparation for this Saturday’s ceremony and burning of the basket at Ali`i Fishpond.  

Please come by the book store between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Friday to contribute your mana`o, prayers and visions as you add to the weaving of our collective story.  Come to Ali`i Fishpond between 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 to be a part of the interactive community art project.  The basket will be burned at sunset.  Bring pupus to share and add your sentiments to the basket.

The Burning Basket Project began in Mavis’ home port of Homer, Alaska in 2004 as a medium for the collective healing of the lingering aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  The 10-foot basket took six full days to build and on the seventh day was gifted to the community for those interested to decorate it with written sentiments to be released through fire.  Their community repeats the ritual every autumn and Mavis has facilitated similar events in California, Oregon and Hawaii.

Our Wellspring Basket of Nurturing and Protection will be her twentieth project and is being built of local natural materials that have been gathered on Molokai.  Our mahalo goes out to the volunteers that have helped in the gathering and construction of the basket, Ka Honua Momona, International for hosting the burning celebration at Ali`i Fishpond and for the keiki and kupuna that have generously given of their time in collaborating in this project.
I look forward to seeing you and having your participation in our collective, interactive and impermanent expression of aloha!

Teri Waros


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