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Lifeways Workshop: Make Your Own Plateau Basketry

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    Basketry is often used in cultural ceremonies, giveaways, births, name-givings, first-food gatherings, weddings, funerals, memorials and other events. Long ago, basket making was only done in the wintertime. Elders are usually the ones who teach the younger generations. Although basketry is primarily made by women, many men also learn the skills of basketry.

    Basketry is said to be a dying art, however basketry is still continued today. Columbia Plateau basketry has beautiful and unique characteristics that define it and separate it from other native cultures that produce basketry. Plateau basketry is made in many shapes and sizes and was made for many purposes, mainly domestic in nature. Use of basketry was mostly related to carrying, storing, gathering, or preparing foods. A majority of the basketry produced tends to be intricately decorated with geometric, floral, human and animal patterns.

    This is a 2-day hands-on workshop that is suitable for ages 18 and over. This is an authentic Coeur d’Alene Tribal member guided workshop. You will create a full-size Columbia Plateau “Sally Bag” Basket.

    Friday, October 23rd starting at 2 pm & Saturday, October 24th starting at 10 am. Each session is 6 hours.

    Takes place in the Camas Room upstairs.

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