Oregon Native Peoples have passed a rich weaving tradition from generation to generation over thousands of years. New generations may introduce their own flavors—a new material or a new style of decoration—but the foundations endure. Over time, Native communities have developed their own recognizable styles—much like a company trademark—with unique combinations of materials and techniques.
Explore these living traditions through the activities below!
Oregon Basketry is also available in Spanish
Oregon Basket Weaving
Baskets at the museum
From ancient fiber artifacts to contemporary works of art, the museum's basketry collections include objects from Oregon and beyond. Visit our collections galleries to view photos of ancient Oregon basketry as well as more recent basketry from the Klamath Tribes and and Columbia Plateau peoples.
Video: Pat Courtney Gold
A member of the Wasco Nation, Pat Courtney Gold is dedicated to preserving the art and techniques of the plateau Indian weavers. As a master weaver herself, Pat has exhibited her stunning woven baskets nationally and internationally. Watch as Pat describes and demonstrates the art form.
Try your hand at weaving!
Twining is a traditional method used for thousands of years by Native weavers in Oregon. Create your own twined basket out of a paper cup and yarn using our step-by-step activity sheet.
Natural Basket Challenge
Oregon's basketry traditions use a variety of native plants as raw materials. Create a container out of natural materials that you can find outside, such as tall grasses. Your container might be woven, but you can also make it a different way.
Now, post a pic of your finished creation on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tag the museum.
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