Weaving Workshop for Kids
In Native American cultures woven baskets take the place of many modern conveniences we take for granted and also serve as representation of tribes and their stories. Baskets showcase individual character and the vitality of the Native Americans who make them.
Each tribe uses materials native to their area to weave their baskets. Northeastern Indian baskets are made from pounded ash splints or braided sweetgrass. Southeastern Indians use bundled pine needles or rivercane wicker. Southwestern Indians make baskets from tightly coiled sumac or willow. Northwest Coast Indians weave their baskets with cedar bark, swamp grass, and spruce root. Northern Indians craft birchbark and whale baleen baskets.
Using paper plates and a variety of yarns and fibers, we will recreate a woven basket ourselves. The library will provide all materials and instruction.
Recommended for ages 5 and up