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May 22

Crafts of the Past -- Native American Basketry with Judy Bridges

Sunday, May 22 (11:00am - 5:00pm)

Judy Bridges, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, will demonstrate basketry techniques such as plaiting, twining and coiling. Guests can examine baskets under construction and handle raw materials.

Bridges is descended from five fur traders and their Native American wives. One of her ancestors, Catherine St. Martin, is featured in the Fort's new exhibit “In Her Shoes: The Women of Fort Nisqually” along with one of Judy’s baskets.

Bridge's baskets use both traditional and modern materials. She took up basketry in the early 1990s, studying with both native and non-native teachers. She has been teaching and demonstrating basketry for nearly two decades.

Each weekend through September a different artist will be “in-residence” at the Fort with displays and demonstrations of their work. Most will also offer visitors the opportunity to try their hand at the specific art form.

Click here for the entire summer schedule.
Crafts of the Past is sponsored by the Fort Nisqually Foundation and made possible by grants from the Tacoma Arts Commission. It is free with paid admission.