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Release Date: June 16, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- The Chickasaw National Capitol will host a finger weaving class 1-3 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at 411 W. Ninth St.

The event is open to the public at no charge. Class size is limited and registration is required.

Finger weaving is an art form used mostly to create belts, sashes straps and other similar items without using a loom. It was used by many tribes 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.

For more information or to register, contact the Chickasaw National Capitol at 580-371-9835.