First Nations Cedar Basket Making Class (2016)

We are very grateful that Tsawout Elder Skookales is returning on Saturday, October 29, 2016 to teach another Cedar Basket Making Class!  In addition to a slide show about First Nations basketry, you can complete a little basket, OR start a slightly larger small basket.  Please pre-register ASAP with your choice (, because all the spaces disappeared in advance last time.  All welcome!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016  (Community Hall upstairs, 4418 Bedwell Harbour Road, Pender Island, BC) – CLASS NOW FULL (call 250-891-2424 re: waiting list)

11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Cedar Basket Making class  (after 9:45 am Heartwood AGM)

Suggestion: See *get in free below.  Also, feel free to bring a snack or lunch, so you can more comfortably hang out and weave that basket!

CLASS INSTRUCTORS:  Tsawout Elder Roberta Skookales Pelkey (who once lived in the 10,000-year-old village site beside Poet’s Cove on South Pender Island – see here for more), and her Co-Teacher Michele Gorman.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED (space and materials are limited):  Please register by emailing or calling Zorah Staar at 250-891-2424.  The class fee (payable at the door) is $15 including materials to make a little basket (4″ x 4″ base), OR $35 including materials to start a somewhat larger basket (8″ x 8″ base), which you finish later by yourself.  Children are welcome with a supervising parent.  A parent and child making one basket would pay one fee.  A child making their own basket would need another fee.  Note: It takes some time, and is harder than it looks!

Also, Cedar bark should only be harvested using culturally and environmentally appropriate methods, in small amounts from living trees, not downed trees if possible.  Elder Skookales spends a lot of time harvesting and preparing cedar strips in a special way for these classes.

REFERENCES:  See this how-to link about the Cedar Bark method  being taught in the above class.  A previous Heartwood class taught this, and also the coiled Pine Needle basketry method (not happening this time).

* get in free:  On October 29, 2016, if you attend the Heartwood Folk School 9:45 am Annual General Meeting before the basket class, AND pay the $5 Heartwood membership fee, then you get in free for the 11:00 am basket class, to make a little basket (or pay $20 extra for materials to make a somewhat larger basket).  Email or call Zorah at 250-891-2424 with any questions.