July 9, 2011 – October 16, 2011
Woven Stories: Native American Basketry of the Pacific Northwest
The Harbor History Museum announced that its original exhibition, “Woven Stories: Native American Basketry of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska” will run through Oct. 16 at the museum.
The exhibit features more than 250 baskets representing the work of weavers from nearly 30 different tribes. Both artifacts and modern woven items will be on display.
The exhibit focuses on the artistry behind each basket, but also focuses on the importance of the Native American basket weaving tradition, the meanings behind various patterns and designs, and the natural materials used to create these objects of utility and beauty.
Every basket is a woven story – intertwined with tribal legends, a connection to nature, and the experience and artistry of the basket weaver.
Woven baskets have been viewed by laymen and collectors as both utilitarian vessels and works of art. This exhibit shares the history behind basket weaving, the materials favored by Pacific Northwest basket weavers, and the symbolism woven into the patterns. The exhibit will showcase a selection of Native American baskets shared by local collectors and drawn from the museum's own collection.
Date: Weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays