Come Weave with Chill Baskets

Experience Mohawk basketry with a master maker

Akwesasne is known as the Haudenosaunee community with the strongest continuous tradition of basket making. Our people have created stunning, intricate works of art for decoration and utility for centuries, passing down their traditional knowledge of basket making and responsible sourcing through many generations. Join award-winning maker Carrie Hill on an intimate tour of her studio and learn how she works in balance with the land.

Tour Highlights

  • Learn about a centuries-old traditional art and its significance to Akwesasne
  • Sit with a master weaver as she takes you through her creative process
  • See and feel the natural materials used in the making of beautiful baskets
  • Discover environmental threats to the future of splint basket making
  • Weave your own splint and Sweetgrass token to take home

Tour Description

Upon arrival at the studio of Chill Baskets, guests are greeted warmly by host Carrie Hill. Carrie takes guests through her workshop, where they’ll learn about sourcing materials in harmony with nature then preparing them for weaving. They’ll see a variety of show pieces, works in progress, and unique tools while Carrie shares the familial, traditional, and modern inspirations behind her creations. 

Guests will hear about the environmental challenges to this ancient artform as the destructive Emerald Ash Borer threatens the entire population of ash trees, the very species that has provided traditional basket makers with raw materials for centuries.

Carrie demonstrates splint splitting and a few weaving techniques while sharing the proud legacy of basket making in Akwesasne and among the Haudenosaunee.

Guests join Carrie around her work table and learn to weave a small token made from Black Ash splints and Sweetgrass, the two key materials of traditional Mohawk baskets. Guests enjoy Carrie’s laid-back and friendly presentation style and often leave with a sense of connection to their host and the Akwesasne culture. 

Meet Your Host

Carrie Hill is the founder of Chill Baskets. She is an Akwesasne Mohawk fancy basket weaver and cultural educator.

Chill Baskets began as a creative outlet for Carrie when she became a new mom. Eventually, her lifelong passion turned into a business. Armed with knowledge of tools and techniques passed down from her Auntie Laura, Carrie left her career as an educator to become a full-time basket maker. With an award from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Carrie was able to move her business out of her kitchen and into a studio that she constructed herself.  

Carrie builds on the traditional techniques of her family and ancestors to craft contemporary fancy baskets. Born and raised in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, she loves exploring the natural world with her family as she gathers Sweetgrass and sources Black Ash trees. Chill Baskets has now become a multi-generational enterprise, as Carrie’s daughters help out with prep and weaving.

Carrie Hill

Tour Duration

  • 2 hours

What To Bring

  • A sense of adventure and a willingness to learn a new skill

What's Included

  • All weaving materials 
  • Water

What's Not Included

  • Transportation 
  • Food is not permitted inside studio
  • Public restroom

Tour Prices

Group Size 2 Guests 3 Guests 4-10 Guests
Per Person $ 129 $ 89 $ 69
  • All prices in USD
  • Minimum group size: 2 guests
  • Maximum group size: 10 guests


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Virtual Tour Option

You can now enjoy Carrie Hill’s “Come Weave with Chill Baskets” tour virtually from the comfort of your own home. Simply click on the link to go to Airbnb’s Online Experiences and find out more about her virtual tour today!


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