Past Native Art classes
Columbia Plateau Cedar Bark Basket
For centuries, the Tribes of the Columbia Plateau (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama and Nez Perce) utilized cedar bark basketry for gathering, storage, and trade. Many of these folded cedar baskets were used to harvest huckleberries, and numerous “culturally altered trees” near the Mt. Hood & Mt. Adams berry fields, bear the marks of “basket scars”, evidence of where and when Native people were making this particular kind of basket. Join Brigette to hear her culture’s history and relationship to the cedar bark basket. In this 1-day class, students will measure and cut Western Red Cedar, learning to make their own folded gathering basket.
Columbia Plateau Twined Root Digging Bag
Since time immemorial, the Tribes of the Columbia Plateau (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama and Nez Perce) utilized the root gathering bag to harvest and collect numerous important foods throughout the growing season, including the pyaxior “bitterroot”. In additional to it’s utilitarian use, the Root Digging Bag has ceremonial importance, and is often prominently displayed during seasonal feasts and ceremonies. Join Brigette and create a root gathering bag from jute and yarn. The history of the bag, traditional materials and examples will be shown. Students will measure and cut, learn to weave their own basket.
Intermediate Weaving: Juncus Basketry
Juncus is a sacred weaving material used by numerous tribes, including those throughout the Willamette Valley. This common reed was used to create a variety of practical storage containers, from gathering baskets to European style purses made for settlers. In this intermediate weaving class, students will learn traditional Kalapuya weaving techniques, including plaiting, single twine, triple strand twine, traditional Kalapuya rim, chase weaving, overlay and embrocation for designs. Students will learn about the uses of basketry plants, gathering, and preparing techniques, along with local Tribal history and culture.
Introduction to Coast Salish Weaving
All cultures and all indigenous people across the world have an original weave style. The Coast Salish people have two weave styles, found in both their everyday and ceremonial clothing: a twill weave and twined weave. This twill weaving class will teach you how to warp up a traditional two-bar loom, weave a pattern of twill, and finish a small project. These basics are the building blocks for a larger shawl, sash, blanket, sit-down, leggings, etc. that can be worn or utilized during gatherings. This workshop is intended for beginning weavers.