Nisqually Indian Tribe Member to Demonstrate Bark Stripping at SPSCC

Published: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Article via Nisqually Valley News

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) will welcome Nisqually Indian Tribe member Yeeham Janice Hicks-Bullchild — a SPSCC student and Native American master weaver — to lead a cedar gathering ceremony on campus.

For the ceremony, Hicks-Bullchild will demonstrate the traditional bark stripping process at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, outside on campus in a grove behind building 22, west of parking lot D.

Hicks-Bullchild will give an explanation of the cultural significance, history and process of a cedar gathering ceremony, complete with drum-accompanied song and a prayer as well, according to a press release.

This will all be followed by hours of cedar gathering by Hicks-Bullchild, which will be available for the public to view at any point.

Next, the gathered strips of bark will be cured for a year, after which Hicks-Bullchild will return for a basket-weaving workshop with students and community members next spring.

 

Janice Hicks-Bullchild, a smiling Native American woman wearing a traditional hat, necklace, and backpack woven from cedar reeds