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.