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Grandma Hazel Stevens

Grandma Hazel Stevens

My grandparents Joe and Hazel Stevens settled along the Red Deer River, which is approximately 1 hour north of Swan River Manitoba in the late 1960’s. They chose this area of land, because it was located near our reserve, and it was also my grandfather’s trap-line.  My Grandparents worked and lived off the land since the 1920’s. They remained in this area until they passed away.  It was my grandmother, Hazel Stevens, who started making Birch Bark Baskets, she taught my mother, aunts, uncles and cousins.  My grandparents used to sell their baskets to campers, fishermen and tourists who traveled through this region since the 1960’s.  My grandmother eventually taught me and therefore basket making has been in my family for at least three generations.  Both my grandparents were Swampy Cree people.  Traditionally, Cree people in this area were known for using birch bark to make much needed tools.  Because of my grandmother this rich tradition has been passed down to my family and I.

Corinne's Family-May 2015

Corinne’s Family-May 2015

Corinne Stevens-Belanger with 2 Birch Bark Baskets.

Corinne Stevens-Belanger with 2 Birch Bark Baskets.

 
Group pic of our bags.

Group pic of our bags.

 

FACTS ABOUT THE BASKETS

One Extra-Large Basket with Burgundy Thread

Each basket is sewn together with Crochet Thread in various colors, (usually Red, Burgundy, Yellow, Green).  They range in size from Extra-Large, Large, Medium and Small.  Each Basket is also lined with Colored Cloth, which compliments the Thread color.  One basket can take up to 3-4 hours to create.  The star pattern on top of the basket was what inspired me to call them “star baskets” and have been incorporated into our business name and logo.  It is not clear why my grandmother started to put these patterns on the baskets, but regardless they are a beautiful aspect of the basket itself.

THE PURPOSE AND USE
 
First Nations’ people buy them as gifts for Elders, honored guests and/or valued members of the community.  They can be given to anyone for any purpose.   Each basket can be filled with significant items,  or they can be given as is.  We also include in each basket a little bag of cedar for the fragrance and benefit of the buyer.
Cedar Bundle inside the Basket
Group Picture of Baskets – Range from Extra – large to Small.
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TRADITIONAL BIRCH BARK BASKETS MADE WITH SPRUCE ROOTS

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WE ALSO MAKE STAR BLANKETS:

Black Star Blanket with red,yellow,red, and white star with red/yellow border and Bear and Wolf Paw Print Motifs.

Black Star Blanket with red,yellow,red, and white star with red/yellow border and Bear and Wolf Paw Print Motifs.

Wolf Paw Print Motifs

Wolf Paw Print Motifs

Bear Paw Motifs

Bear Paw Motifs

 

 

NAMES OF Ross's KIDS in First Photo (Left to Right): Silas, Kolby, Daejah, Victoria, and the baby is O'Malley!

Ross Stevens purchased Star Blankets made by us for his children for Christmas Gifts – 2016.     NAMES OF Ross’s KIDS in First Photo (Left to Right):
Silas, Kolby, Daejah, Victoria, and the baby is O’Malley!

 

 

Black blanket with rainbow colors in the star (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red) and rainbow border

Black blanket with rainbow colors in the star (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red) and rainbow border

Don’t Forget about our TEEPEES

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Our Label sewn onto our Teepees.

Our Label sewn onto our Teepees.

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If you are interested in purchasing please contact us at the phone number, or e-mail address below.  We deliver upon request. WE CAN SHIP EVERYWHERE IN CANADA/USA/International

 

We can receive payment  by PAYPAL, WE FINANCIAL VISA, E-TRANSFER, MONEY ORDER or CHEQUE

 

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30 – Day RETURN POLICY

 

Cree Star Gifts

1-(204) -734-2116
Box 173
Swan River, Manitoba.  R0l 1Z0.
E-mail Address:  creestargifts@hotmail.com