Monday, July 16, 2007

Red Bays - Andros Island, Bahamas

Gertrude comes to visit Small Hope Bay Lodge from time to time, bringing with her the amazing wares of her home community in Red Bays, the only settlement on the west side of Andros. The people there are direct descendents of the Seminole Indians that fled there many years ago. They create baskets and pitchers and other sorts of wonderful artwork all woven with the bark from Horseflesh and Silvertop trees. Many of these items are woven so tightly that they can actually hold water! Gertrude also brings wooden carvings, mostly the products of Henry Wallace, who work on display in the Smithsonian, as well as those of other natives. The carvings range from fish to birds to lizards and turtles to even some fantasticals such as mermaids. Pin It Now!

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