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Native Craft Demonstrations Continue At Discovery Center

Learn how to make baskets during June programs.

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will host Native American traditional art demonstrations throughout the summer.

Demonstrations of basket weaving by Lindsey Howtopat and beading by Marcella Jim will be given on June 29, 30 and July 1.

As a young child, Howtopat was taught by his mother to construct cedar baskets, which are traditionally used to collect berries such as huckleberries, chokeberries and wild strawberries. When gathering cedar bark from area forests, only a portion of the bark is stripped from the tree so the tree is not damaged, says Howtopat. He is also skilled in weaving traditional tule mats.

Jim is a skilled artisan in beading intricate designs. Her beadwork features colorful birds, flowers and geometrical shapes. The concepts of these designs are taken from nature, dreams and events from her life.

"We are delighted to continue to provide these presentations to our guests," said Patty Garland, curator of exhibits and education at the center. "Lindsey and Marcella are exceptional artisans and it's a rare treat to learn how they create their works of art."

For more information and demonstration times, call the center at (541) 296-8600.

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