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Cornhusk Weaving Demonstration

Saturday, August 14, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Watch as Kelli Palmer demonstrates the art of cornhusk weaving and making basketry.

This program will be held outside on the Sisters Library South Patio. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Kelli Palmer is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation of Oregon. "I am a combination of the Warm Springs, Wasco, Paiute, Shoshone, Yakama and Hoopa Tribes plus a little extra for good measure. I grew up and live on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation

I watched my mom for years make baskets but I was too young to appreciate all the hard work, until I attended the Northwest Native American Basket Weavers gathering. I watched all the different Native teachers and was fascinated by the wonderful feeling in the room. So many different baskets, all beautiful! I picked up twine and yarn again this time seeing it in a new light. It was art.

My home became covered in weaving materials. Lots of string, yarn, twine, hemp. I am lucky to have my mother as my teacher, whenever I have questions I just call and ask her. I feel calm and relaxed as I twine around and around getting lost in each twist and each color.

I was handed a wonderful opportunity to teach and share my craft for the first time by being invited to the 2009 National Basketry Organization Basket Convention in Portland, Oregon. It was a great first teaching experience that has encouraged me to continue to weave, teach and learn.

I have been making baskets for about 21 years and I am still asking questions of my mother, reading books and researching on the internet to learn more. Making these baskets just feels right to me and I will continue to learn as I experience new methods and opportunities."

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