Celebrating the Significance of Nlaka’pamux Basket Weaving

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By Michelle Cyca

Posted on September 17, 2018 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:07AM

Brenda Crabtree, Emily Carr's Director of Aboriginal Programs, was interviewed by the Canadian Press.

Brenda Crabtree, ECU's Director of Aboriginal Programs, was recently featured in an article from the Canadian Press on the recognition of Nlaka’pamux basket weaving. The Nlaka’pamux people have a strong tradition of basket-weaving, creating functional works of art that were used for cooking, storage and transportation, and traded as commodities.

"Historic designations reflect Canada's rich and varied history and I encourage all Canadians to learn more about Nlaka'pamux basket making and its important contributions to Canada's heritage."

Jati Sidhu, Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP (Canadian Press)

Brenda's Nlaka’pamux grandmother, Matilda Borden, was a master weaver, and Brenda's own artistic practice includes basketry. She recently curated a show for the Craft Council of British Columbia, Cultural Fabric which includes some of her baskets. The show also features work by three other female Indigenous artists from ECU: Gaye Fowler, Michelle Sound and Kajola Morewood. It is on view at Crafthouse Gallery on Granville Island until October 4.