TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma -- The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma’s John Hair Cultural Center and Museum will host a Basket weaving class, October 24, at 6:00 p.m. UKB Tradition Keeper Cindy Hair will provide instruction in the craft of basket making at the UKB Wellness Center, located at the UKB Tribal Complex on Keetoowah Circle, south of Tahlequah off West Willis Road.
The cost is $20 per person, which includes all materials. UKB members will receive a 50% discount if they present their tribal membership card.
Hair was named the very first UKB Tradition Keeper at the 55th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration in 2005. The Keetoowah Cherokee Tradition Keepers award is designed to honor Keetoowah Cherokee craftspeople, artisans, and elders who are committed to education and cultural preservation.
While basket weaving is one of the widest spread crafts in the history of any human civilization, it is hard to say just how old the craft is because natural materials like wood, grass, and animal remains decay naturally and constantly. Therefore, without proper preservation, much of the history of basket making has been lost and is simply speculated upon.
The technique of weaving has been passed along, re-discovered, and expanded upon throughout the years, and is still being expanded upon today. Baskets were at one time used simply for storage and transportation of goods. Today, functional baskets are still in use, but many are made for more decorative purposes.
For more information or to register for the class, call JHCCM at 918-772-4389.