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|Mississippians create objects in order to accomplish important work, support recreational activities, or soften an often difficult way of life. These objects enliven the work we do and the spaces we live in, but they also communicate the values and traditional knowledge of the communities where they are made. Occasionally, an object created for work will become a symbol of a community or culture, as is the case with Choctaw baskets. While many crafts traditions are learned informally, the objects created often show the results of personal creativity, humor, and the imaginative reuse of discarded materials.
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