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Examples of Classes Offered:
Northwest Coast Flat Design
Explore how the forms and elements of Northwest Coast art come together to form designs that represent hereditary crests. You will learn basic forms and begin to work on layout of designs through drawing and the creation of templates. This is a valuable class for those interested in carving, painting or button blankets.
Northwest Coast Woodcarving 1: Exploring Traditions
Chief Tsungani takes you on a tour of the region’s varying tribal styles and history of mask making along the Northwest Coast. Tsungani will demonstrate tools of the trade: the D-adz, elbow adz, crooked knives, straight knives, and slant blades, as well as the techniques used to create ceremonial masks, totem poles, rattles, and other wood carvings. This class will endow you with a solid theoretical understanding of Northwest woodcarving from a current master, and is intended for all levels of skill, from woodcarver to curious observer. This is the ideal opportunity to expand your knowledge of Northwest Coast Indian art. You are welcome to bring a piece of your own for critique.
Northwest Coast Woodcarving 2: The Final Stages
Chief Tsungani shares the final stages of creating a mask, transforming rough wooden carvings into the vibrant, colorful, complex faces of the ceremonial houses. Tsungani will demonstrate detail carving, sanding techniques, painting and assembly of articulated or transformation masks. You will see firsthand the finishing touches that bring these pieces to life, including setting hair and abalone inlays, and more. This class utilizes masterful demonstrations, and is suitable for all skill levels and builds on the information shared in Northwest Coast Woodcarving 1: Exploring Traditions.
Beginning Ravenstail Weaving
Ravenstail robes are hand-twined ceremonial blankets woven by some Northwest Coast Peoples, developed around the 17th century. They pre-date Chilkat and Button Blankets. Interpretive materials will trace the history of Ravenstail weaving and take a look at the weavings on display in the Lelooska Museum. Watch a demonstration of the twining techniques used in this style of weaving and learn to create a small sample weaving during this class. Materials Included.
Intermediate Ravenstail Weaving
This intermediate class is for those with prior weaving experience that have taken the Beginning Ravenstail Class. Students will create a small “sampler” with a more complex pattern. Materials Included.
Miniature Button Blanket
Learn the history and significance of how the Button Blanket became part of the culture of the Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast. Mariah Ts’igilhilaqw will share the different materials and techniques used in creating a button blanket. Then, create your own miniature button blanket from felt.
Explore methods used to make beaded earrings from seed beads and porcupine quills. Participants will create their own pair of beaded drop earrings by the end of this workshop. No experience is necessary and supplies will be provided.