Release Date: January 10, 2017
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office
Colorful yarn creations hang on display after being crafted using finger weaving. Instructor Halley Taylor said, with practice, she hopes attendees of her Jan. 17 finger weaving class will feel confident enough to make items like belts.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation will host a finger weaving class 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Remington Park. The class will be open to the public at no charge.
Instructor Halley Taylor will guide attendees in crafting with the diagonal pattern of finger weaving, one of the easiest to pick up. The group will cover basic concepts and techniques.
“Students will learn the history of finger weaving,” Taylor said. “This includes what resources we had for making yarn, the process of spinning yarn and how it ties into wearing traditional Chickasaw regalia.”
Finger weaving is an art form used mostly to create belts, sashes straps and other similar items without using a loom. It was common in much of eastern North America, where it was first accomplished using spun buffalo hair, rabbit hair, as well as mulberry bark and dogbane.
In addition to the simple diagonal weave, other common patterns include those depicting chevrons, lightning bolts, arrowheads and diamonds. These are all achieved with slight changes to the weaving process.
The tribe has planned similar monthly community classes for locations across south central and central Oklahoma all year. Class topics include the Chickasaw language, pottery, stomp dancing, beading and painting.
A pinch pot class will be taught in February at Pauls Valley. Upcoming classes are also planned for Purcell, Duncan and Ardmore.
Remington Park is located at 1 Remington Place, Oklahoma City. Prior registration is appreciated but not required. For more information, or to register, contact Halley Taylor at 580-272-2594 or Halley.Taylor@chickasaw.net.
Last Updated: 01/10/2017