Home is out there in the canoes. Home is also above the clouds where our ancestors go into the stars. That’s…where we come from, and where we go in the end. Home is where we raise our children, where we make our life with our partner. Home…is a huge range. And within it, we can find all of the things that will give us a good life.
Biskakone Greg Johnson, an Ojibwe artist of northern Wisconsin
Johnson is featured in “HOME,” the latest episode of the Peabody Award-winning documentary series on PBS called Craft in America. Premiering this December, the episode explores the meaning of home through handmade objects, hand built homes, and the artists who create them.
Johnson takes the viewer on a trip to harvest wild rice, or manoomin, and demonstrates how he is reviving and honoring traditional Ojibwe crafts like making moccasins, winter bark baskets, and beadwork.
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This holiday season, “HOME” reflects on how craft connects us to the meaning of the word and deepens our ties to the people who came before us. This episode also features sculptor Syd Carpenter, architect Sim Van der Ryn, curator Helen Drutt English, woodworker Wharton Esherick, and North House Folk School, which teaches timber frame construction.
You have a tie to the place of our ancestors and the place where your love is, where your family is. That’s where your home is. Wherever the manoomin is and wherever the birch trees are, that’s home, and we’ll have everything that we need.
Anungo Kwe Alexandria Sulainis, featured artist
“HOME” is available to stream online alongside another new episode, “INSPIRATION.” Both will broadcast on PBS on December 16.