In recent times studies in the field of neuroscience are explaining what weavers all around the world have always known. Weaving can be a healing and calming practice. What else about our world have traditional cultures known all long that only in recent times is being acknowledged and supported by science? This section is where I list sources of inspiration: favorite books, links to blogs, articles, films and other resources I hope you may find useful. It is a work in progress.
Teaching Resources -
The 1990 Suquamish-Indianola Storytelling Project - Oral history audio recordings of growing up in Indianola, Washington, from early to mid 20th century as told by Suquamish and white residents. Produced by Jan Cyr & Paul Kikuchi. Copyright Suquamish Museum.
Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network - Also known as BARN, has had an outstanding line-up of well known basketry teachers since 2018. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the 2020 workshops were cancelled. Check the BARN Fiber Arts Studio Calendar for information about many innovative workshops offered virtually.
Deur, Douglas & Turner, Nancy J, KEEPING IT LIVING-TRADITIONS OF PLANT USE AND CULTIVATION ON THE NORTHWEST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2005.
Turner, Nancy J, THE EARTH’S BLANKET-TRADITIONAL TEACHINGS FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2005.
Turner, Nancy J, PLANT TECHNOLOGY OF FIRST PEOPLES IN BRITISH COLOMBIA, University of British Colombia Press, Vancouver, 1998, 2001.
Turner, Nancy J, FOOD PLANTS OF COASTAL FIRST PEOPLES, University of British Colombia Press, Vancouver, 1995, 1997.
Gorsline, Jerry, RAINSHADOW-ARCHIBALD MENZIES AND THE BOTANICAL EXPLORATION OF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA, Jefferson County Historical Society, 1992.
Pojar, Jim & MacKinnon, Andy, PLANTS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST COAST-WASHINGTON, OREGON, BRITISH COLUMBIA & ALASKA, Lone Pine Press, Vancouver, 1994.
Moerman, Daniel E, NATIVE AMERICAN FOOD PLANTS-AN ETHNOBOTANICAL DICTIONARY, Timber Press, Portland, 2010.
A film about the late Bruce Miller, Skokomish Cultural Teacher, made by Katie Jennings of New Canoe Media. TEACHINGS OF THE TREE PEOPLE.
Katie Ahvakana tells about how the Suquamish People are able to catch songs while paddling in their canoes. Suquamish Songs
Calina Lawrence sings a beautiful uplifting song. I remember meeting her as a young girl, when I helped teach the Suquamish Pond Kids how to weave with cedar. Bruce Miller invited this group of Pond Kids to be in his film: TEACHINGS OF THE TREE PEOPLE. Calina Lawrence Sings
Cultural art film featuring Suquamish Elder Ed Carriere making a Salish Clam Basket, 2011, Produced by Katie Jennings of New Canoe Media - Clam Basket A Story by Ed Carriere
Schoenoplectus pungens palla, or NW sweetgrass is one of my favorite materials.