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participants NEWSLETTER
lean how to
make baskets The Confederated Tribes
and a variety of the Chehalis Reservation,
of traditional ‘People of the Sands’

weaving Articles and opinions expressed
projects at are not necessarily those of this
the Northwest publication or the Chehalis Tribal
Business Committee.
Basketweavers The Chehalis Tribal Newsletter
Association encourages tribal members
Gathering at to submit letters, articles,
Great Wolf photographs and drawings to
be considered for publication
Lodge. (subject to editing). Contributing
writers, artists and photographers
WEAVING The Chehalis Canoe Family sang include Chehalis tribal community
and drummed to kick off the fashion members and staff.
From page 1 show. Volunteers were invited on stage Submission deadline is the first of
One must first learn and be mentored by for everyone to see their beautiful each month (printed monthly).
the Master Weavers, continue to learn and regalia. Cheryle Starr announced each
then pass that knowledge down to future person’s name, where they are from TRIBAL CENTER
generations. It explains the theory behind and all the pieces of their regalia. The 360-273-5911
“Weavers teaching Weavers.” Native American regalia was awesome. 420 Howanut Road
Participants beamed with pride as they Oakville, WA 98568
The rooms and tables were filled wall shared their talent with the audience. My 360-709-1726 (office)
to wall with thirsty minds ready to learn hands go up in honor of a great show! 360-273-5914 (fax)
how to make baskets and an impressive
assortment of Native American traditional There was a raffle by the hosting tribe CHEHALIS TRIBE’S
weaving projects. Featured Master Weavers with many beautiful handmade items that VISION STATEMENT
came from the Chehalis Tribe and all over were created and donated by the Heritage To be a thriving, self-sufficient,
the Pacific Northwest and Canada. and Culture Program. Some of the items sovereign people, honoring our
were made during classes held throughout past and serving current and
Not only was there a wide variety of the summer in the Community Center. future generations.
weavers, we cannot forget to mention the Program participants dedicated themselves
talented vendors who brought their items to teaching about our culture and BUSINESS COMMITTEE
for purchase. It was a great time to pick honored guests that traveled to the sacred Don Secena, Chairman
up a special gift or extra material to work homelands of the Chehalis people. Jessie Goddard, Vice Chairman
on projects. Their presence supported the Shoni Pannkuk, Treasurer
continued work of NNABA. Final day David Burnett, Secretary
Leroy Boyd Sr.,
Friday was the youth track. This part of Some of the bigger weaving projects Fifth Council Member
the conference was to teach the basics and take time to learn. Beginners might take a
create interest in starting and finishing couple of days to finish one project. Some NEWSLETTER STAFF
projects. Many of the teachers picked of the kits were simple projects and only Fred Shortman, Audra J. Hill and
simple projects to encourage their students took a short time, but the larger ones took the Information Technology Team
in basic weaving techniques. This will help patience and focus.
them move onto more complex projects.
Students and teachers worked diligently
An elders hospitality room offered a to finish their projects. After they were
place to rest amid the hustle and bustle of done, they wandered the tables looking at
the conference. NNABA selected four teen all of the beautiful weavings other people
weavers to teach a weaving class to their were working on.
elders, which showcased their newfound
skills. On the final day, weavers gathered to
discuss business for the NNABA members.
A dinner and fashion show was held at This is a committee that consists of Native
the Lucky Eagle Events Center. The evening American basket weavers of the Pacific
shined a light on the wisdom and generosity Northwest tribes. They selected new board
of our culture bearers, connecting us to our members and discussed upcoming events.
common values and community spirit. After
a blessing by Dan Gleason, the feast began. It was announced that the 2017 NNABA
There were a lot of hungry people after a gathering will be hosted by the Puyallup
long day of weaving. Tribe on Oct. 6-7.

Weaving is simple, focused work, and NNABA is committed to preserving,
time doesn’t exist as you put all of your promoting and teaching the time-honored
energy into each project. People laughed, tradition of basket weaving for future
shared and visited throughout the evening generations.
while seeing old friends and making new
ones. Great job everyone, including all of the
volunteers, for making this a successful
basket-weaving conference!
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