Weavers Teaching Weavers

Event Date: 
April 11, 2013 - 9:00am - April 12, 2013 - 4:00pm

Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) annual Weavers Teaching Weavers conference will take place April 11 and 12 on the college’s main campus, and will be followed by a Native art market on April 13 at the Whatcom Museum, which will feature several Master Weavers from the conference.

The Weavers Teaching Weavers conference helps to preserve the art of weaving by providing a venue where apprentice Native American weavers can learn from Master Weavers, said Susan Given-Seymour, director of Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension Department, which organizes the conference. Last year, 124 people representing 30 tribes participated.

“This is an opportunity for Native weavers to come and learn from each other, and from some highly experienced weaver teachers,” Given-Seymour said.

The conference will also be a chance for independent vendors to sell their art: including handmade jewelry, knitted hats and socks, cedar bark, raffia, blankets and more.

Following the conference, an art market will take place to showcase weavers' work from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whatcom Museum at 121 Prospect St. in Bellingham. Admission will be $3, or free for museum members. This year's featured weaver at the market will be Ernestine Gensaw, Lummi.

To register for the Weavers Teaching Weavers conference, contact conference coordinator Ruth Solomon at (360) 392-4239 or email rsolomon@nwic.edu. Registration is $125 per person before March 25 or $150. Project kit fees range from $25 and up.

Participant Testimonial
    “The level of basket weavers at this gathering is phenomenal. Each is a master and as a participant in the past, they are all so giving in their teaching and are so eager to share their talent with anyone who wants to learn. It is such a great chance for anyone who wants to learn the art of basketry.”
              -Carol Emarthle-Douglas, Northern Arapaho and Seminole, has been weaving for more than 15 years