Sweet Grass Baskets: The African Art

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience on the history of sweet grass basket of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Central Idea: The purpose of this speech is to inform my audience of sweet grass baskets; how they are made, and what they were used for.


I. Ms. Ida, a woman of family values, and a woman that is deeply rooted in her culture said to me, “I have been making sweet grass baskets for over fifty years. This is my hobby, this is my passion. A little over 11 hours ours of my day is dedicated to crafting each piece. From a basket to this hair clip that’s in the back of my head. You see, my grandmother taught me when I was a little girl and I taught my daughters and granddaughters even my daughter-in laws. This has been going on in my family for seven generations strong and it will continue to grow. You are not a part of my family but your close like family so when you are ready to learn just let me know.”
II. As I listened to every word she said made me realize that I should take my history into consideration. Thoughts started running through my mine of how I could become more involved with my culture. From this I decided to explore the art of sweet grass baskets.
III. In preparing this speech, I spent time surfing creditable website, visited the Mount Pleasant Town Council, The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, and I also spent multiple hours talking to Ms. Ida, experienced sweet grass basket maker.
IV. Within the next 5-7 minutes you will be informed of what sweet grass baskets are made of, how they are made and what they were used for.


I. To begin sweet grass baskets are made from five basic materials. Those materials are; long leaf pine needle, sweet grass, Bulrush, palm leaves, and a spoon or fork.
A. First, long leaf pine needles also known as pine straw is one of the most important materials in making a sweet grass basket....

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