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North Pacific Coast Weaving Traditions

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Design +4 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

This collection explores plaited and twined woven objects from the North Pacific Coast. A link to the website "Woven Together" introduces students to the Nuu-chah-nulth community and language. Simple step-by-step illustrations using easily accessible materials allow students to learn plaiting and twining techniques.

Two videos at the end introduce the classroom to master weavers and sisters, Teri Rofkar and Shelly Laws.  They explain the twining technique with examples of their work, including Chilkat woven blankets.

Makah Mat

National Museum of the American Indian

Basket handbag/purse

National Museum of the American Indian

Makah burden basket with burden strap

National Museum of the American Indian

Makah Twined Trinket Basket

National Museum of the American Indian

Basket

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Basket

National Museum of the American Indian

Woven Together

Naitonal Museum of the American Indian

The Artistry of Tlingit Weaving

National Museum of Natural History