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Willamette Valley Traditional Cultural Basket Weaving with Juncus

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June 10, 2024
June 11, 2024
10:00 - 4:00
Participate: In-Person Online
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Online Available Only

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, participants will learn about traditional lifeways, culture and traditional ecological knowledge. Participants will also see samples of traditional foods, medicine and utilitarian plants. There will be displays of family belongings that have been passed down through generations in the instructor’s family, as well as traditional tools. Participants will learn about the plant juncus including methods of harvesting, preparing and proper identification. Participants will also learn traditional weaving techniques, including different options for basket starts and rims. Participants will complete a woven juncus basket to take home by the end of the workshop.

About the Instructor(s)

Stephanie Craig is a 7th generation basket weaver, traditional ethnobotanist and cultural tradition bearer, enrolled in the Grand Ronde Tribe. She is Santiam and Yoncalla Kalapuya, Takelma Rogue River, Cow Creek Umpqua and Clackamas Chinook. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology with an emphasis in Pacific Northwest Native American culture and a master’s degree in cultural anthropology/archaeology in Western Oregon Native American culture, cultural museum studies and folklore. She also used her tribal language Chinook Wawa as her college foreign language requirement. She comes from a master basket weaving family, including Martha Jane Sands and Hattie Sands Hudson of the Grand Ronde Tribe. She carries on the traditions of her family and her Tribe.

Materials List: Students Bring

A sharp knife

Awl- or packing tool (weave rite tools are great)

Clips or clothes pins

Squirt bottle

Towel or apron

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)


Tools - knives, awl, weave rite tools


Squirt bottles

Tapestry needles



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