It was a delight to spend a sunny afternoon this March visiting Suquamish Master Weaver and Cultural Teacher, Ed Carriere, during his Artist in Residency at the Bloedel Reserve.
Suquamish Elder, Marilyn Wandrey, Ed’s younger cousin, explored the native woodland landscape on Bainbridge Island that surrounds the beautiful house where Ed is staying.
Ed is spending his time taking walks, and creating the Clam Gathering Baskets he is famous for, which are constructed with split cedar limbs as warps and split cedar roots as weavers. Ed is also working on some of the 4500 year old basket bases that he’s been studying and replicating for the past 5 years.
What an honor to spend the day with these two. They are National Treasures full of knowledge, they are survivors who carry the old stories into the present for young people today. Thank you Marilyn Wandrey and Ed Carriere, High Status People.
And here is a link to a beautiful film about Ed Carriere made recently by the National Museum of Natural History, NY.