A Note from Frances – Burden Basket

The Burden Basket outside of the AIC classroom

The Burden Basket outside of the AIC classroom

Outside of the AIC classroom, you will find this note:

The Apache Nation has a wise tradition called The Burden Basket. Before entering the home of an Apache family guests are asked to leave their burdens at the door. This allows everyone who enters the home to be fully present. Here, too, I ask you to leave your burdens at the door. Write your trouble on a piece of paper and drop it into the Burden Basket. Feel free to take it with you when you leave, or not. Whatever is left in the Burden Basket will be thrown into the burn pile.



Frances has set up her own Burden Basket to allow herself and her guests to enter her workspace relaxed and balanced. How do you stay balanced?

Throughout the summer, Frances will be writing entries for our blog about her work and experiences at the AIC as our Artist-in-Residence! Learn more about Frances in our Q & A post with her.


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  1. Pingback: A Note from Frances – Balance | Adirondack Interpretive Center

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