Basket Bridge

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Tucson, Arizona is celebrating one local tribe’s artwork with a new overpass over a 6-lane highway. The bridge is designed with traditional patterns of coyote tracks and lizards used by Tohono O’Odam basketweavers. But, the designer of Tucson’s new bridge isn’t a basket weaver, or Tohono O’Odam. Rosemary Lonewolf is a Tewa Indian potter from New Mexico and she took on the Tucson project because she was sick of seeing tacky appropriations of Indian symbols. Ann Hepperman and Kara Oehler of KNAU produced our story.