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.
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.
Over the past thirty years, it has been a great honor for me to be a witness a cultural revival within the Puget Sound First Peoples communities.