Oral history interview with Mary Smith


Oral history interview with Mary Smith


Smith, Mary



Mary Smith, a professional artist, talks about her childhood and how she first became interested in art through pottery. She explains how she learned to weave and make baskets. She describes her process of finding material and researching different kinds of weaving for a particular item. Smith discusses workshops she gives and some special projects, like making a burial basket for a Creek man. She comments on the significance of these types of items to the Creek Nation and the specific details that make her work traditional. She also acknowledges some of the challenges of her work, like finding the right materials, and how it is all worth it to showcase the traditional weaving and baskets of the Creek people.


Little Thunder, Julie Pearson


Oklahoma Native Artists; Creek heritage; Creative process; River cane; Mvskoke basketry


Indians of North America; Artists; Interviews; Indian baskets; Hand weaving; Basket making; Art--Study and teaching


Bixby, Oklahoma; Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Oral History Research Program-Oklahoma State University

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