Nisqually Indian Tribe Member to Demonstrate Bark Stripping at SPSCC

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