NEWS RELEASE · 16th August 2010
Basket weaving is an art and skill that has been handed down from one generation to another. For a group of students in Terrace, they are getting an opportunity to learn something that is an important part of our First Nations culture.
The Wilp SImgan Carving Shed was host to a cedar basket weaving workshop last week. Students of the class were being taught to weave a 5"x5" basket that they were able to keep upon completion.
The classes were being facilitated by Nisga'a artist, Todd Stephens along with instructor Sandra Wesley. Sandra, taught by Rena Bolton, has 30 years of experience cedar weaving. She often would in the George Little House and weave, while talking and showing her work to passengers of the VIA rail.
When speaking with Todd, he explained how this was a good way for participants to connect with their heritage and that they are given to opportunity to learn the process of making a basket from beginning to end.
This is the first of the basket weaving workshops at this location. Todd expressed his wish to have more in the future.