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Oklahoma Museum Tour Discover Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association (NNABA) Conference Chehalis Basketry Exhibit By Christina Hicks, Committee Member of the Heritage Committee Greetings. My name is Nancy The 18 Annual Gathering of over the northwest. NNABA they th Romero and was so lucky Basketweavers conference was had a silent auction, and a dinner to attend a conference in hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe at was held on Saturday night hosted Oklahoma in June with some Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA on by the Muckleshoot tribe. other Elders and Heritage October 5 & 6, 2012. The Chehalis committee. While there we Tribe sent 21 tribal members to NNABA is currently accepting were able to tour several learn different styles and techniques bids to host the 2013 and 2014 privately owned museums from of basket weaving. Friday, they Basketweavers conference, bids top to bottom. This means we had a youth track, which was free will be accepted until the end of were able to see what is not for youth, (this was made possible December. displayed in the public seen through a grant) part of the museum. We were they reported in the storage/dungeon parts. they had over 400 youth attend and It was very interesting. We saw participated in many Native American artifacts learning different from many different tribes. basket weaving While touring the storage area, styles. Adults Christina Hicks scoped a few were in a separate rows of artifacts listed with area on both Friday our Chehalis name on a them. The Heritage Committee members and Saturday. So we asked if it was possible discovered a private collection of They had various to view and take some photos Chehalis Baskets. vendors and master of them. She gladly gave us weavers from all permission. So while the rest behind and took pictures of all the of the group was heading back up baskets that belonged to some of our Billie Higheagle to fnish the tour. Cindy Andy, Chehalis Tribal basket weavers from weaving with Joyleen McCrory and myself, stayed a long time ago. her daughter Julie the It was a very exciting weaving and a privilege to be technique at seeing these beautiful the NNABA baskets, knowing that Conference they were touched by one of our Elders at one Cultural Program time. Such an honor! So on this note; I sure hope you enjoy the pictures Beginner Beading Classes: Instructors Needed: as much as we all did. is offered by Master Beader Charlotte Lopez every Monday The Cultural Program is looking night in the Cultural Class Room at for teacher for the following the Community Center. The class is classes: presented as a walk-in class. What does that mean? It means every Beginner Beading Classes, Basket Monday Night from 5:00 PM to Making classes, Wood Carving 8:00 PM. Community members Classes and Net Mending Classes. are invited to attend by walking If you are interested in teaching in, sign-in and join the class. one of these classes or have a great idea for a cultural class please Come by the offce and check submit a proposal to Cultural what other classes are being Coordinator Dianne Devlin 360- offered. Watch for fyers. 709-1621.    Page 11
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