Master basketweaver to speak to Fibers Guild |

Master basketweaver to speak to Fibers Guild

Sue Coleman, Washo elder and extraordinary basket weaver, will be the featured guest at the March 28 meeting of the Foothill Fibers Guild.

Coleman learned the art of basket weaving from her mother, Theresa Smokey Jackson, and she in turn is passing the art on to her granddaughter. These baskets were once critical to the Washo in collecting native foods and medicinal plants, preparing and cooking food, storing goods and carrying babies; they were also given as gifts and used in ceremonies.

Coleman has received the prestigious Governor’s Award from the state of Nevada, as her mother had done before her, and has won many blue ribbons in native basket competition. One of her baskets is on display at the Smithsonian Museum.

The Foothill Fibers Guild meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. Programs begin at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for socializing. Guests are welcome and encouraged.

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