Renee Wasson Dillard is an artist and teacher whose work reflects her rich heritage and respect for the gifts she has received. An Odawa women and a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Renee is also of Celtic Heritage. This lends to her unique perspective of Native community, and of community as a whole, as well as the traditional Native values she makes a part of her everyday life. Raised within Michigan’s Native community, Renee has been a participant in traditional and contemporary Native activities and gatherings through out her life. She is an accomplished dance, trader, artist and teacher who works to provide clearer insights of Native people and to promote understanding and respect between all people.
She is the Artist/Basket weaver/Fiber artist/Owner of A Basket Case - Where she sells her Black Ash Baskets and other fiber art items and runs workshops teaching her art to other communities. She is also the winner of the 2010 Michigan Heritage Award for her lifetime contribution to promoting and teaching the continuance of Black Ash Basketry , finger-weaving and other fiber arts.