Since time immemorial Indigenous cultures all over the world have gathered, refined, and passed forward their Traditional Ecological Knowledge through practicing their traditional arts, including plant fiber technologies such as weaving. Passing forward earth sciences and cultural knowledge in such a way is part of the oral tradition. Unlike the modern industrial culture of today, the oral traditions come with the understanding and point of view of reciprocity, inclusion, and personal relationships.
Weaving with plant fibers is a living art form. Nothing I write or share in this website can substitute for a relationship with a Living Master at their craft. I implore you, if you are interested in learning anything well, please look, and find a Living Master near you. Or travel to them if you can. I think about the knowledge I've been given as a tree. My teachers and my own ancestors are the roots and sap, my origins. My family and community are strength of the trunk, which supports me in every way. My students, and their students, are the branches and the seeds. We are all part of a forest of living knowledge.
Ed Carriere and I enjoyed teaching together at BARN this May 5, 2018.
Suquamish Elder Ed Carriere shares his story of recreating ancient Salish Sea Basketry from basket fragments found in Pacific Northwest wetsites.
Suquamish Master Weaver Ed Carriere will open up the brand new Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network with his presentation.
Ed Carriere Suquamish Master Weaver will give a program June 9, 2017 at 6:30pm at BARN.
Dawn Walden teaches us a thing or two about Mad Weave.
Katie Jennings, filmmaker, presents her films.
We did a little cedar thinning for our generous neighbors today. Ready for class tomorrow!
Ed Carriere has made the largest open-twined cedar root and limb basket I’ve come across.
After decades of dreaming, and two years in the making, this story has found a beautiful way to be told.