Cedar bark harvesting is an ancient and respected tradition amongst the peoples of this area.
Archaeologists working on the coast have recovered artifacts made from cedar bark that are more than 3,000 years old.
Clothing, mats, sails, canoe bailers, baskets, and rope were all made from cedar bark.
The Museum at Campbell River is offering a rare opportunity to experience a Cedar Pull and to learn basic Cedar Weaving with renowned artist and Hereditary Chief Wayne Bell.
On Saturday, July 4, participants will meet at the Museum at 9 a.m. to travel to a forest site and participate in a two hour traditional Cedar Pull. Following the Pull, participants will return to the Museum to learn the basics of Cedar Weaving using the inner bark from the Pull.
Bell will demonstrate basic approaches to cedar weaving, using as examples roses, rings, bracelets, rope, coasters and simple baskets. This hands-on workshop will be held at the Museum from 2-4 p.m.
Bell’s cedar bark masks are ranked amongst the Oldest Historical Kwagiulth Art in the World. His Eagle Cedar Bark Mask resides at the Senate of Parliament, Ottawa, Ontario.
Hereditary Chief Wayne Bell is from the Mamalilikulla Nation. He has been teaching Cedar Bark Weaving for 30 years in Vancouver School District and Campbell River School District.
The cost for the day is $80 per person. Participants must come prepared with a lunch and wear clothing and footwear suitable for wet forest conditions. A hatchet is also recommended.
Space is limited. Call the Museum at 287-3103 to register.