CANCELLED – Pre-Conference Workshop: Weaving Traditions from Throughout the Northwest

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Weaving Traditions from Throughout the Northwest

Pacific Region Pre-Conference Workshop

August 21-22, 2022
Bear River Casino and Resort, Loleta, CA

This year, the Pacific Region is hosting a two-day workshop on August 21-22, 2022 entitled Weaving Traditions from Throughout the Northwest. The workshop will precede the 2022 Pacific Regional Conference hosted by Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria at the Bear River Casino and Resort in Loleta, CA. Seats are limited.

Attendees are not required to attend the conference.

Workshop Details

The workshop will feature artists from throughout the Northwest Region including Bessie J. Martinez from Yakama Nation, Kippie Joe from the Suquamish Tribe, and Alice Lincoln-Cook from the Karuk Tribe and Chairperson of the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association.

Attendees will learn multiple weaving methods with a variety of materials and there will be additional demonstrations from members of the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association.

Registration Fees

NAFWS Member or Member Tribe Employee – $125
Non-member – $150

*Must be logged in to receive membership discount – See Registration Instructions above

Mail checks to
Native American Fish & Wildlife Society
10465 Melody Dr., Ste. 307
Northglenn, CO 80234

Registration Instructions

Up to date Individual Members and Member Tribe employees are eligible for discounted registration fees.

You must login to receive a discount. To log into your portal:
  1. Click the login button on the top right corner of the screen
  2. Enter your email address and hit forgot password
  3. Follow email instructions to set a new password.
  4. Log onto your account
  5. Discounts will automatically apply if you have purchased a membership.

If purchasing multiple tickets, please fill out attendee details for each ticket purchased. For accommodations and dietary restrictions, submit requests in the Additional Information field. Contact Heidi McCann ( to verify membership or for assistance setting up an account. 

Room Reservations (Room block open until August 6, 2022)

11 Bear Paws Way, Loleta, CA 95551
40 Rooms Available Under Block: NAFWS22
Overflow hotels in area:
  • Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Eureka, 129 4th St, Eureka, CA 95501, (707)-443-9751
  • Best Western (two of them) – 232 W 5th Street, Eureka, 707-443-2234
  • Holiday Express- 815 West Wabash Ave, 707-269-0682
  • Comfort Inn Humboldt Bay- 4260 Broadway St Eureka 407-444-2019

Biography of Bessie J Martinez

Inmi wanikt ku siapotimpt Bessie J. Martinez.

I am an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation from Harrah, Washington. I have Yakama and Umatilla bloodlines. I am the eldest daughter of the late “Tuss Tuss” Johnny Bill, Jr. and “Wycush” Lucinda Talpocken Bill.

As a young girl being raised on the Yakama Reservation I was taught many cultural teachings; which included weaving wa’paas. However, I did not continue the work. It was not until February 2017 when my mom and I signed up for a free weaving class that I began weaving again and have not quit, yet. That was a time in my life when I was separated from my first husband and was in a dark place. Shortly after sharing my progress in weaving on Facebook many people messaged me asking me to teach them. My response was “Chow tun kut kut” which means, No I am not a teacher. After 25 people asked I finally thought, “I can show them what I learned, and see how it goes. I opened my home and people showed up.

I have continued teaching and host Let’s Make Wa’paas classes in Yakima and Wapato currently. They are free classes, but I accept donations. My philosophy is “Watch one. Do one. Teach one.” I expect my students to share what they learn. I created a Facebook group called Weaving with Wahpeniat & Friends. I always say wa’paas has brought me community. I have leadership in my group and I appreciate their support.

1992 BA Sociology Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
October 2018-March 2019 Artist – Windows Alive Project Yakima, WA

Biography of Kippie Joe

I am enrolled member of the Suquamish Tribe and have been weaving for 30 years. I learned from the elders of our tribe. Teaching our youth is central to carrying on the traditions that utilize resources from our region in the Pacific Northwest.  It helps identify who we are, as a people. I will utilize Cedar, Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata that I have gathered for use in my weaving.

I will teach a weaving method to create Cedar rosettes that can be used as a boutonniere or adornment of our traditional regalia.  I will also teach a weaving method for small cedar baskets that can be utilized on necklaces. Some pictures of my work are shown below.

Biography of Alice Lincoln-Cook

Chairperson, California Indian Basketweavers’ Association

Alice has proudly served on the CIBA Board of Directors for two terms. She is a member of the Karuk Tribe and worked over 20 years as an independent artist, making traditional jewelry and weaving Karuk style baskets. She teaches basketweaving to local tribal members at her store, the Klamath Book Nook in the town of Klamath, California. In addition, she works with local schools and other institutions and at events throughout the Pacific Northwest region. Alice was instrumental in reviving CIBA’s Following the Smoke program, building valuable partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies.

Alice will be teach a braiding/weaving with Beargrass or ‘anyurar in Karuk is an important species for basket weavers an regalia makesrs.  The blades that grow the first year after a fire are considered best for basket weaving. Panyúrar can be stimulated by fire, and is fire-adapted in that it can sprout from rhizomes following fire or re-establish by seed.

For more information contact:

Laurel James, Director of Programs,; 206-471-8975 (cell)

April Richards, Public Information Officer, NAFWS; 720-630-3973

For assistance registering or to membership status contact Heidi McCann at; 720-822-3368

Event Details

Start date: August 21, 2022

End date: August 22, 2022

Start time: 09:00 a.m. CST

End time: 05:00 p.m. CST

Venue: Bear River Casino and Resort

Directions: Bear River Casino and Resort 11 Bear Paws Way, Loleta, CA 95551

Phone: 541-429-7123


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