I hate that “basket weaving” is so often used as short hand for something irrelevant and useless. Do you know how much math, plant care, planning symbolism, story and skill goes into basket weaving? It’s such settler arrogance that dismisses these knowledge systems.

Auntie Kat

I may not recall where I first encountered this quote — Twitter, maybe — but I do know why it spoke to me. Societally, we’ve driven ourselves towards convenience above so much, including skill, care, and honest labor. Doing things the hard way when there’s an easy alternative is perceived as almost unthinkable — and in the process completely disregards meaning and value that’s not easily measured, but intrinsically important. Eliminating friction can be a precursor to a tragic loss of knowledge, history, and meaning.