Learning to Weave
In April the G'psgolox Totem Pole was returned to Canada from Sweden. Miss Nina told us the story of the pole and it's journey. We wrote about the pole and we started to learn a little about the Haisla people.
Click here to learn about the pole being at the Museum .
Loretta came to visit our class and tell us about her basket collection.
During the week we began to learn how to weave. We made mats using newspaper and sealed them with plastic and then painted them.
We wove paper strips into placemats that were used for the Volunteer Tea.
Finally, Loretta came back and brought strips of cedar bark with her. We learned how to prepare the bark by cutting it the right length then soaking it in water to make it easier to work with and burishing it with a ruler to make it nice and smooth. Loretta taught a few of us how to weave and then we taught the others in the class. We made little mats and we wove them together using waxed string. Loretta said the natives use sinue for this.
We hope to be able to visit the totem pole at the museum of Anthropology in June. Watch for more on this page.
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