Burnaby gallery offers Coast Salish weaving workshop

Deer Lake Gallery is inviting everyone to get a close-up look at Coast Salish weaving.

Hazel Gludo, a Kwantlen elder, will be on hand at the gallery during the Summer Arts Festival on Saturday, July 6 for a Coast Salish Weaving demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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A write-up about the event notes Gludo has been weaving cedar for a number of years. From an early age, her mother taught her the importance of cedar and how to embrace its values.

Cedar has long been a valuable resource to the Northwest Coast First Nations people, and it also plays an important role in spiritual belief and ceremonial life.

Today, Hazel teaches about the cedar tree: how it was used by her people years ago and their great respect for the cedar tree, and the importance of respecting the trees that are around us.

For $5, people can take part in the interactive workshop and try their hand at weaving.

The demonstration is also open to the public to observe for free.

You can sign up at www.eventbrite.ca (search for Traditional Coast Salish Cedar Weaving) or use a direct link at www.tinyurl.com/CedarWeavingBurnaby2019.

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