Danielle Carley: Finger Weaving returns to Lac Courte Oreilles, Wisconsin

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (www.IndianCountryTV.com)   

Danielle Carley from Lac Courte Oreilles, along with fifteen or so other students learned finger weaving this weekend at the Lac Courte Oreilles Community College from elder Dennis White.

Dennis White, who is the administrator of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribal school, learned finger weaving from elder Liz Smock. He also studied Francis Densmore's book about Ojibwe art and crafts. Last fall White received support from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. While in Washington DC he examined finger woven bags and sashes.

He returned to Lac Courte Oreilles with desire to share what he knows about the ancient craft of finger weaving and the Ojibwe language.

One of the elders participating in the three day workshop said the event was filled "with understated joy" for an old skill and connections are returning to the community.

"There is joy in knowing that my grandma and aunties were doing this hundreds of years ago."


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