Makah Trinket Basket

Fiber Arts

Makah Trinket Basket

Learn to weave a basket using traditional Coast Salish tribal materials and techniques.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 3/16/2024 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  2. Sun, 3/17/2024 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Sat, 3/16/2024 - Sun, 3/17/2024


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Fiber Arts Studio



Learn to weave a trinket basket with Makah Indian basket weaver June Ward, using Coast Salish tribal traditional weaving materials such as red cedar bark, beargrass, slough sedge, and sweetgrass. Learn traditional weaving techniques including twining, plaiting, and wrapped twining.


Bring a sack lunch both days. A refrigerator and microwave are available on the lower level.


A $50 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers all materials needed. All tools and materials will be provided.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

June Ward

June, whose Makah name is "Tu Ta Na" (not the traditional spelling) lives in Neah Bay on the Makah Reservation and is a fourth-generation basket weaver. Her great-grandmother, Louisa Greene, was a basket weaver, as were her late grandmother, Irene Hunter Ward-Ides, and her mother, Alva Ward Cummins. She was honored to learn basket weaving from her grandmother and mother. June's specialty is "twined wrap" weaving, although she's proficient in all types of basket weaving. She learned to harvest materials at 10 and by age 12 was allowed to start weaving under her grandmother's guidance. She started teaching basketry in her early 20s. She taught her daughters and is teaching her grandchildren. She teaches basketry at the Makah Cultural and Resource Center.

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