You have to be careful in nature not to use everything that you pick up. If you pick up a migratory bird feather even in a zoo, you
can’t put that in your basket and try to sell it. You’ll
be fined ten thousand dollars because the burden of
proof is on you to show that you didn’t kill that
bird. It is a federal law that all migratory birds even a cardinal or a bluejay feather cannot be put
into a basket sold. Department of Natural Resources come check that a lot especially at Native functions and I teach at powwows where that’s when Native people get together -we sing, we dance, we tell stories. I’m the basket-maker and the storyteller so
they come and learn how to do that with me and they’ll check your baskets. You have to be very careful about bear claws, bear parts, even antlers
because some people use antlers in their baskets for handles. It’s okay in
certain states to use mule deer because we don’t have mule deer here. It’s ok, but you cross a border – right here where the Carolinas meet
Georgia, the laws are all different in those three states so you have to be very careful when you’re selling
your pine needle baskets with antlers on them. Turtle shells, well turtles – the land turtles can live to be seventy
years old so you’d never want to kill a turtle because you’re going to use its shell. Sometimes you can find them, but be
very careful and the rules might be different in
every single state so you have to know what you’re doing if you’re traveling and selling at an art fair. This base here is made by my friend Mike Stucky.
He reproduces clay pottery with designs from the Southeast here
that Native people did many years ago – thousands of years ago.
They have examples of them and he’s recreating those. I like what he’s done. To
do this Mike when the clay was still wet, he put holes about a half an inch apart I’ll on
the outside edges of this so when it was fired in an open pit on top of the ground – that’s kind of the way the Creek did their pottery then it hardens and the whole is big enough to where the needle slides through and then I can start the one ring around and then sew on the outside
edge of that like I’m doing here. This is a piece of Catawba pottery. They’re
federally recognized Native people here in South Carolina – the only group that we
have federally recognized. My friend, Faye George Greiner makes it and I put the Cherokee pine needle top on it. She makes a Catawba bowl – we call them Tunasian bowls. We’re working together.