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Release Date: August 07, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Chickasaw weaver Sue Fish, of Norman, crafted this pine needle basket. The knowledge and techniques needed to make pine needle baskets will be offered to the public at no charge 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Chickasaw Council House Museum, 209 N. Fisher Street.

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation will host a pine needle basketry class 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Chickasaw Council House Museum, 209 N. Fisher Street.

The class is open to the public at no charge. Space is limited so registration is necessary. Supplies will be provided and beginners are welcome.

Pine needle baskets were traditionally used to gather, store and serve food or hold and keep personal objects.

Aged, brown needles for crafting were often salvaged from the ground and made into baskets using the coil and stitch method. Coiling is one technique of basketry used by Native Americans across North America. A fibrous stitching material is pulled through the pine needles to help create and maintain the shape of the basket.

For more information or to register, contact the museum at 580-371-3351 or susan.ledford@chickasaw.net.

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