Thursday morning started bright and early with a seminar Oregon's Diverse Basketry Traditions by Margaret (she who must not be named*), noted ethnobotanist.
Workshops began in earnest on Wednesday as well and you could find traditional, contemporary, native and non-native basketry instructors hard at work teaching their eager students.
Student at work in Pat Courtney Gold's Wasco Indian Full turn twining workshop.
The students in Katie Anderson's Love Me, Love Me Knot workshop were knotting up a waxed linen storm and seemed to be having a great time.
Jo Stealey (right) instructs Mary Lee Fulkerson in her Books, Baskets and Shrines class.
Kelli Palmer teaches corn husk twining.
Thursday night had many of us hopping on two tour buses for a gallery tour to Butters Gallery, Bonnie Kahn's Wild West Gallery and Guardino Gallery.
Jo Stealey, Wendy Durfey at Guardino Gallery.
Michael Davis at NBO reception and Jiro Yonezawa bamboo basket exhibit at Butters Gallery
Michael Davis, Helene Meyer and Marci McDade
Friday night there was a great event at the Portland Art Museum. We had the chance to tour the exhibits of fabulous baskets in the collections of the Portland Art Museum. Pat Courtney Gold delivered a talk "Portland: The Ancient Homeland of the Powerful Chinook People", then Mary Schlick was assisted by Lillian Pitt in presenting her talk "Beautiful Usefullness: Native Baskets of the Columbia River Basin". The talks were a joint undertaking of the NBO, Portland Art Museum and Native American Arts Council. The samples Mary brought with her were magnificent.
There were so many seminars and other events crammed into the week it would be hard to tell you about them all. Stop by my facebook album for more pictures of the 2009 NBO Conference and the NBO Playlist on the BasketMakers YouTube Channel to see several video clips.
*Margaret prefers not to have her name or photo on the web, so I am trying to respect her wishes at the same time sharing my enthusiasm about her work and plant knowledge. She is indeed a walking encyclopedia of Northern California and Pacific Northwest plant usage in basketry.