Coast Salish Wool Weaving with Chief Janice George and Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph

Saturday, February 3 | 10 am – 4 pm


Join acclaimed weavers Chief Janice George and Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph for an in-depth course on the cultural significance and traditional methods of Salish wool weaving. Working with individual looms, participants will learn the twill and the twine techniques of Salish wool weaving and create a unique wall hanging to take home. This workshop is organized in conjunction with our newest exhibit, The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving.

Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph and Chepximiya Siyam’ Janice George are accomplished weavers and teachers from the Squamish Nation They co-founded the L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and practice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving. Janice is a hereditary chief, trained museum curator and educator. George also co-organized the 1st Canada Northwest Coast Weavers Gathering, with other Squamish Nation Weavers. George and Joseph are from prominent Squamish families and have numerous ceremonial and cultural responsibilities in their community. Joseph is the former director of the Squamish Housing and Capital Projects and currently consults on capital projects for First Nations communities. Along with Leslie Tepper, they also co-authored the 2017 book, Salish Blankets: Robes of Protection and Transformation, Symbols of Wealth.

“We have integrated the Squamish teachings from our Late Grandmother Kwitelut-t Lena Jacobs who was directly connected to pre-contact times and other Squamish ancestors into my teachings. In this short time of my weaving life, a few of my mentors have left this earth; their breathe is carried on in the teachings I pass on. I feel and see the pride that comes from reclaiming our inheritance from our elders and ancestors when we weave and when we wear our beloved weavings. We are taught spiritual protection is part of what we are wearing and feel the love that is put in each hand movement it takes to make a robe.” – Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George

Workshop cost per person (includes museum admission, all materials and light lunch)
Adult | $150
Youth + Student + Senior | $135
Indigenous peoples + MOA Members + UBC Students/Staff/Faculty | $125

All ages welcome, children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 14 participants. No experience necessary.

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