The art of sewing (weaving) baskets has been passed down through the generations among residents of Red Bays, a small settlement in northern Andros Island, Bahamas. The majority of Red Bay's inhabitants are descendants of the Black Seminoles of Florida, who first landed in Andros Island in 1821 after escaping slavery in the United States. They brought a rich African, Native American, and Spanish infused culture with them to Red Bay, including the art of basket weaving.
Dr. Rosalyn Howard is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. Her research studies include the African Diaspora with a focus on the interrelationships formed by African and Indigenous peoples in the Americas and Caribbean. She has conducted extensive research among mixed Native-African populations in The Bahamas and Bermuda.
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum