2017 STA Convention
May 5, 2017
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Pine Needle Basket Making

Pine needle baskets are simple coil baskets made traditionally by many indigenous people wherever pine trees grow abundantly. In North America there are several native pines with needles traditionally used for basketry. During this session participants will be making a Pine Needle Basket from Ponderosa Pine needles and sinew. They will also learn about how to pick and prepare the pine needles and the history of these baskets in the traditional culture of this area.

Target Audience

K-12

Instructor


Nita Bobb

NIta Bobb from Spuzzum First Nation has been doing basket work since the 1980s. She was taught by her mother, Jenny Chapman, and by two other well known basket makers, Minnie Peters and Elsie Charlie. She likes to do cedar and pine needle baskets. She strives to teach others at workshops in the Fraser Valley. Nita enjoys doing her baskets, harvesting roots, cherry bark and grass for the trimming of the Mother Earth. She gathers the pine needles for her baskets from the Lytton area. Nita also teaches Salish Weaving on looms and pine needle basket making to students in her school district (SD#78).




Nita is now teaching her daughter, Freda Bobb, how to carry on with the basket work. Freda is a mother of 3 and loves to learn about her culture.

Freda Bobb

Freda Bobb works with her mother, Nita Bobb, who is passing her knowledge down to her daughter. Freda will carry on with the work and help Nita pass the knowledge down to granddaughters Danielle, Summer, and MIchelle. Freda is a mother of 3 and has been helping Nita with the ways of their culture in a proud way.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Seats Available

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Seats Available

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Seats Available

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Seats Available