Tunica-Biloxi Tribe’s 3rd Annual Intertribal Basketry Summit Preserves the Art and Tradition of Basketry

Basket from last year’s event.

 

Published October 12, 2018

MARKSVILLE, La.  — The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana’s Language and Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP) will host its 3rd Annual Intertribal Basketry Summit on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Hall of Chiefs at Paragon Casino Resort (711 Paragon Place, Marksville, LA 71351) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are looking forward to another year of this event that serves as an outlet for cultural expression and a celebration of the ancient art of basket weaving,” said Marshall Ray Sampson, vice chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. “By encouraging our people to continue learning the art of basketry, these traditions will live on for generations to come.”

Tunica-Biloxi citizens as well as weavers from regional American Indian communities will demonstrate southeast basket traditions using long leaf pine needle, river cane and palmetto. The Summit will be an informal forum allowing weavers to talk about their own technique and elements of their culture represented in the craft.

 

Basketry is an enduring and distinguishing indigenous art form. For years, many Tunica and Biloxi weavers made baskets from local plants, such as dyed river cane, and sold the baskets, or lƆhka (in Tunica), for income. Each element of the weave and design are steeped in the history and heritage of the Tribe. The Annual Basketry Summit is just one of the many ways that the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe works to preserve its culture.

All are welcome to attend, including beginners and observers. For participants who would like to learn pine needle basketry, LCRP staff will assist them in getting a basket started. Materials for these learners will be provided. A registration fee of $20 is required and lunch will be served. Registration space is limited. Participants must register in advance by contacting Jessica Barbry at jabarbry@tunica.org or (318) 240-6414.

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