Around Town: Weavers weekend at English Camp, Aug. 4-5

Foreground, Cowlitz weaver Judy Bridges at work at English Camp.  - Contributed photo
Foreground, Cowlitz weaver Judy Bridges at work at English Camp.
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Weavers from throughout San Juan Island and Washington State will gather for the weekend to demonstrate how European and American Indian techniques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest.

The free program is scheduled Saturday and Sunday August 4-5 on the English Camp parade ground. Cowlitz Nation weaver Judy Bridges and renowned Washington State storyteller Karen Haas will join San Juan Islanders Roger Ellison and Anita Barreca, plus island spinners and weavers, to show how it was done with all-natural fibers, including wild reeds.

The program is the fourth  in a series of  programs scheduled this summer that explore First Nations/American Indian stewardship on the San Juan Islands and throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada and arctic regions.

Future presenters in the series, co-sponsored by San Juan Island National Historical Park and the Madrona Institute, will include Washington State conservationist Roylene Rides at the Door; Craig Bill of the Washington State Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs; and Dave Oreiro, vice president for Campus Development, Northwest Indian College, Lummi Nation.  Stay posted to the park’s web and Facebook sites for more information.

A golf cart is available to transport disabled persons to and from the parking area. Call (360) 378-2240, ext. 2233 or 378-4409 for additional information.



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