• Community invited to help create and burn big basket
By Randi Somers
This September will mark the 10th-annual Homer Burning Basket project coordinated by Mavis Muller.
Staged at Mariner Park at the base of the Homer Spit, the project is a yearly community effort and often emotional catharsis.
Everyone is invited to help create the sculpture, as well as the labyrinth. Then, basket builders will return to participate in the burning ceremony.
Creation of the basket starts Sunday, Sept. 8, and continues from noon to 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 14.
The burning ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sept. 15.
Muller said the artistic creation, which often takes several days to weave, is considered a basket of remembrance and unburdening.
She invites people to attach notes and other items that commemorate something important in their lives that they want to send to heaven in smoke.
The Sept. 15 event includes a potluck supper, artist talk, live music and drumming and fire spinning before the torch is touched to the basket at sundown.
Muller has conducted 27 Burning Basket ceremonies in several places, including Alaska, California, Oregon, New Mexico and the Mexico border, Hawaii (Maui, Big Island and Molokai) and Spain.
The Burning Basket Project receives funding support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Rasmuson Foundation, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, the Source Interactive Arts Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain.
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