Over Under Newsletter - November news from the National Basketry Organization
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Willow Harvest at Dunbar Gardens - Photo by Steve Lospalutto

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. It’s hard to believe that the time has come to get ready for the many winter holidays and festivals of lights, but here they come!
The November Over/Under has several articles that will peak your interest. Our Featured Guild is the Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers Association. They recently had their annual Rivercane Festival in Sulphur, Oklahoma. It was a time to celebrate and pass on their Native American weaving techniques. There’s more below about the festival and you can visit their website:  Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers
There are still a few spaces left in some of our 2019 Conference workshops. Keep reading to find out more about two workshops that have room for you.  

We wanted to make sure that you know about a recent honor given to Mary Jackson. Mary was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2018.The National Basketry Organization congratulates Mary Jackson!
Part 2 of Sandy Atkinson’s article Sharing Your Talents is included in this issue. Sandy has some interesting ideas on keeping the art of basket making alive and passing it on to others from the young to the mature.
We’re interested in learning more about apprenticeships around the country. Are you participating in an apprenticeship or have you in the past? Do you offer them? We’d like to hear from you. Please email me: Pam Morton 
Finally, when you are doing your holiday shopping, think about using Amazon Smile and support NBO at no additional cost to you! 
Pamela Morton
Executive Director
National Basketry Organization
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What's New at NBO

Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers

Featured Conference Workshops

Part 2 of 

Sharing Your Talents

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Flo Hoppe 
demonstrates how to create a spiral weave basket done with a 3-rod wale. Great for all levels. 56 minute run time on DVD.
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Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers Association

The Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers Association recently had their annual Rivercane Festival September 21-23, 2018 at the Chickasaw Retreat and Convention Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma. ONABA’s mission is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate traditional basketry and culture of Native American tribes through educational programs in Oklahoma.

Many of our members research techniques and styles. This information is then taught and passed on to many of our Native American members. It is our hope that they will then teach other members of their tribe these weaving techniques.

The focus on this year’s festival was the harvesting and processing of rivercane, which is a traditional material used in many southeastern baskets. ONABA had invited Eveline Steele (Choctaw, below left) and Vivian Cottrell (Cherokee, below right) to discuss their experience with rivercane. They gave demonstrations on splitting and peeling the cane. Members had the opportunity to try the process.


Laura Lee Zanger and Marcia Balleweg were our instructors. Our members had the opportunity to weave a diagonal mat using different designs, a double wall style basket, a Choctaw style basket and the double woven style basket. One of the highlights of the day was watching Yonavea Hawkins (Caddo, shown right) learn how to weave a mat using a prehistoric Caddoan design.

Rose Drake (Cherokee) has done extensive research in museums on prehistoric basketry. She taught Yonavea how to weave a prehistoric basket rim that was found at the Spiro Mound site in Oklahoma. We believe that Yonavea is on her way to bringing back basketry to her tribe. Laura Lee has also been instrumental in researching the ancient patterns and designs. Our Vice President, Sue Fish, (Chickasaw) has been teaching traditional basketry to many individuals in her tribe as well.

For additional information visit our
Facebook page or the Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers Association website.

Shown left: Susan Charlesworth (Choctaw)

All photos courtesy of the ONABA


      July 16 - 20, 2019
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Two Workshops of Special Interest:
Beth Hester with The Language of Baskets,

Study with expert basket maker, Beth Hester, and develop the skills to complete many different styles of basket structures, weaves, and the use of a variety of basket materials.  Beginning and Intermediate students wishing to expand their “basket” vocabulary will learn an array of skills and techniques, while creating samples or weaving a basket using the techniques taught. Explore, learn, and create!   

Great South Central Kentucky Basket and History Tour led by Scott Gilbert

Scott Gilbert is an expert basket maker and natural storyteller who has lived in Allen County, Kentucky for many years. He has learned much of the history and traditions of the basket makers in this area and has stories to share!  Whether you are a basket maker or traveling to the NBO conference with one, this is a rare opportunity to learn about the rich cultural heritage by visiting places and meeting people beyond the normal tour.  Each day will be a new adventure while traveling with Scott!


 Workshop Descriptions and
Conference Information:

2019 NBO Conference
Sharing your Talents - Part II
by Sandy Atkinson
If you have a senior center in your area, you can offer classes to those older people. They love to have "special" classes. Take a proposal into the director of the center, including all the information about the classes you would like to set up.
In early summer, contact the 4-H in your area, offer to put on a class for 4-H kids and a parent, as they have an award for basketry during the county fairs.
In early summer, contact the 4-H in your area, offer to put on a class for 4-H kids and a parent, as they have an award for basketry......
Read the entire article here.
Opportunities for Everyone! 
Fiber Art Network  Grants and Awards
Handweavers Guild of America: Small Expressions - Call for Entry
Handweavers Guild of America Workshop and Session Proposals

For more information, visit the "Call to Entry"  section on the NBO events calendar.  


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