Our next theme unit, Native Americans, snuck up on us this weekend! We had planned to begin the unit next month, but I noticed a basket weaving demonstration being held at the local museum, and decided we should go, not knowing if we'd find an opportunity to see something like it later. Oh. My. Goodness.
It was amazing! Some of the people were extremely kind towards us, and even let my kids participate in their crafts. One woman in particular, Chloe, spent a good deal of time explaining her beautiful work to us, and taught the kids to spin wool right in their laps. It is called "Twining" and used to create beautiful woven art, used often for Indian ceremonies. She let the kids rub their hands all over her art. I was super nervous, since some of the craftspeople (understandably) didn't want anyone to even touch their items. Chloe said that's what kids are for, then proceeded to engage them for half an hour. It turns out her tribe is from (near) Petersburg, AK, where my 'family' fishes and Mady and I have been. We'll be seeing her again later, as she is happily going to spend some time with our family!
Another gracious woman, Lisa, gave us some beautifully crafted (hand-woven from materials harvested herself) tiny frogs. If you haven't been to a Native American craft show, the hand made goodness isn't cheap! She gave us $100 worth of her art, saying it was her culture's tradition to give gifts to new friends. We were speechless. We will be proudly wearing our tiny frogs! She has won many, many awards, and her art is displayed in many prestigious museums. Wow.
And a sneak peek at our next project...