Pat Courtney Gold

Pat is a Wasco Native, the upriver branch of the Chinook Nation. Her ancestors lived along the Columbia River for more than 12,000 years. She was born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, central Oregon. Besides doing artwork, Pat lectures about the Columbia River Native cultures to universities and museums.

Pat helped revive the Wasco technique of full-turn twine. She then traveled nationally to study Wasco baskets, their designs, and the plant materials used in the baskets. Pat does traditional Northwest Native Weavings and enjoys experimenting with many fibers to create her contemporary works. She teaches Wasco and Northwest basketry to schools and museums.

Her honors include: British Museum international tour, “Treasures of World Culture”; National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, Washington, DC; Featured Artist, Oregon Art Beat, OPB, Portland, OR; Governor’s Arts Award, Salem, OR; Featured Basket weaver in PBS series, “Craft in America”; Recipient, the prestigious Dobkin Fellowship, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM; Invited Artist, Women’s Caucus for Art, Professional trip to China; Honored NEA Artist at Smithsonian National Museum of American Indians, Washington DC.

Her work is in Museum collections throughout the United States including: The Smithsonian National Museum of American Indians, Washington DC; School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe NM; Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Burke Museum, Seattle, WA; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.; High Desert Museum, Bend, OR.; Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside, CA.

Pat’s work can be seen internationally at the British Museum, London England, in 2015 traveling on an international tour; Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, Canada; and Hei Tiki Gallery, Rotorua, New Zealand; Private Collection, Germany.

Peabody Museum at Harvard University: “Weaving History with Pat Courtney Gold”
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Oregon Public Broadcasting: Oregon Art Beat: “Basket Weaver Pat Courtney Gold”
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Co-Producer and Director of documentary film and featured weaver, “Northwest Native Basketweavers, Honoring Our Heritage”. Contact videographer, Penny Phillips at

Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, OR: video,”The Living Heritage of Apocynum Cannabinum “Hemp Dogbane”, 2011.

Featured basket weaver in PBS series, “Craft in America” 2007.