Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT
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Alton Baker Park 
100 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401

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Michelle Emmons 
Willamette River Festival 

Willamette River Festival
Ethnobotany & Tule Art Workshop


For thousands of years, Natives Americans across North America used cattail sedges, and tule rushes for items of everyday use. One of the most innovative uses of cattail and tule plants was making floating decoys to lure waterfowl to roosting areas to be bow-hunted, netted, or snared. At this workshop, Stephanie Craig, MA / Traditional Ethnobotanist and Basket Weaver, will teach how to make traditional tule duck decoys and discuss the importance of plants and their traditional uses. There are three sessions with limited availability - please register ahead of time and check in at the Registration tent upon arrival. If you are not checked in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session, your spot will be opened up for someone else. Each workshop will last about 45 minutes. 

More about Stephanie Craig, MA:

Stephanie is an enrolled member of The Confederated Tribe’s of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, she is Santiam and Yoncolla Kalapuya, Takelma Rogue River, Cow Creek Umpqua and Clackamas Chinook. Stephanie grew up listening to her Mother, Chich (Grandmother in Chinuk Wawa) and Aunties telling stories of her family weaving and their weaving traditions. Family baskets and weaving traditions have been passed down through six generations, and are still continued today through her teachings.

“I feel that it is very important to preserve our history; and as a young Native American Tribal member, it is part of my job to help educate and preserve cultural heritage and traditions.”

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on Northwest Native American Cultures and also used her Native American Language Chinuk Wawa to fulfill her college language requirement. Her Masters of Arts degree is interdisciplinary within Cultural Anthropology, Museum Studies and Folklore. She has also had internships at The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American Indian Archives Department, the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Tamástslikt Cultural Institute for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, as well as by traditional basket weavers. “I am committed to preserving our cultural heritage for future generations and to continue on the traditions of our Elders.”

“I am very passionate about giving back to our community. I want to help preserve and help pass on our traditional culture and help educate people on the history of civilization. I hope to pass on my knowledge and understandings to my family, other tribal members and also community members in my life. As part of the next generation I want to be able to help others who need it. I feel as a young Indian woman that it is important to help tell our stories and to pass on our culture to future generations; because we are the future.”

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