CC163 Native AMerican Finger Weaving Elizabeth Perry 1.jpg
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Explore the traditional and historic art of Native American finger weaving following the chevron technique. Finger weaving has been utilized for thousands of years in the Northeast to create patterned, soft-fiber articles of clothing used in traditional dress and pageantry. Students will create the weaving to make a folded pouch which they can line and edge and finish off with a button.   You will learn to string up your project using a wooden dowel and a brick or pillow, then like magic you’ll weave your pattern.  This beautiful and important skill can now be carried on by you for generations to come.

Materials list:  please bring a 7” length of ½ inch dowel (Home Depot/Lowes),

a throw pillow or a brick to secure your weaving.


Any spare yarn you may have.

Elizabeth will supply a synthetic blend yarn for you to learn the weaving process, but if you’d prefer to bring your own yarns of choice, please do, just not too fine a cord, a heavier yarn makes for easier learning and weaving.  

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Elizabeth James Perry is a resident of Dartmouth, and an enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Aquinnah, located by the richly colored clay cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, Noepe.  As a member of a Nation that has lived on and harvested the sea since ancient times, Elizabeth’s perspective on relating to the North Atlantic is a combination of coastal Algonquian culture, traditional beliefs and contemporary Marine Science.  She is a multi-medium traditional and contemporary artist taught by her mother Patricia James-Perry and other talented and inspirational family members.  Much of Elizabeth’s work focuses on the early Native Culture of the Northeastern Woodlands, including ancient wampum shell carving and reviving natural dye techniques to create a traditional palette for her finger woven sashes, bags and baskets.  Elizabeth represents Wampanoag traditions in her writing, in her exhibit designs and occasionally through intensive community weaving and dye workshops for organizations like the Evergreen College Longhouse.  She also has a degree in Marine Science from UMass Dartmouth.

  • Tuesdays, February 5, 12, and 19, 1 - 4 p.m.

  • Materials fee $3 - $5 payable to instructor at the beginning of class.

  • Limit: 10 Students