Nick Dillingham has practiced indigenous skills since he was a child. His youth was spent in and around the woods. Skills that weren’t learned through trial and error were taught to him by different tribal elders, such as traditional basketry and utility items, indigenous life ways, traditional wild food preparation, utility plants, and bush craft. He is considered one of the top traditional basket makers and mokotagen makers of his generation, and has worked along side and taught with master craftsmen and top survival/bush craft instructors. His work has been featured in magazines, traditional arts documentaries, and news papers, and he has taught all over Michigan for a variety of institutes, schools, public venues, and cultural centers.