Indian Country Today – Canastota,NY,USA–Photo by Jack McNeel — Delores Pigsley, Siletz, and her two granddaughters, Daisy and Rose, modeled traditional dresses with hats and baskets made by Bud Lane, Siletz, at the 12th gathering of the
Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association
held recently at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel.
WORLEY, Idaho –
Native American basket weavers
from throughout the Northwest recently met at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel for the annual gathering of the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association. This marked the 12th year in which the association has met, alternating every two years between sites east and west of the Cascades.
Laura Wong-Whitebear, Colville, is president, now in her fifth year. She explained the importance of this gathering that allows weavers to get together to exchange ideas, learn from one another, meet and welcome new members, and keep the tradition of basket weaving alive. She related her first meeting, nine years ago: ”There were baskets from all over and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” she laughed. ”That’s the feeling you get.”
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