Work In Progress: Cedar Weavers Holly Joseph, Bernadine Billy and Tanina Williams

Inner Cedar Bark from Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre on Vimeo.

Watch as QúQú Héy Yóóch — “Bernadine Billy”, Txwolt’malh — “Holly Joseph” and n̓án̓attw Nkakúsene — “Tanina Williams” work with inner cedar bark, in this video shot by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.

Great Hall Cedar WeavingsGreat Hall Cedar Weavings in the SLCC

As explained in a recent blog at the SLCC:

Both the inner bark of cedar and the root is typically used for basket weaving.

Inner cedar bark is collected in the spring and can be taken from red or yellow cedar trees, depending on what was available and abundant in the area. The outer and inner bark is peeled off in strips parallel to the tree. Only two hand widths can be taken from each tree, so the tree is not harmed.  To collect the roots, the harvester must travel at least ten feet away from the trunk of the tree to start your digging.  They dig down to the roots and collect from there.  Cedar roots are lighter in color and is dug up, cleaned and split.

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