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The National Basketry Organization is an inclusive community of makers and enthusiasts whose purpose is to promote awareness, inspire creativity, and foster appreciation for the heritage and artistry of basketry.

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Sometimes the world seems large and then sometimes small and intimate. After returning from a spectacular road trip to the Waterton Lakes Glacier National Peace Parks in Montana and Alberta Canada, I found out that I’d missed a Seasger/Gray Gallery opening in a nearby town. One of the two artists in the month-long show happened to be Deloss Weber. Deloss was featured in the summer issue of Basket+ in an Artist Profile. While I missed the opportunity to meet him it was wonderful to see his work up close and personal. Here’s a link to the Seager/Gray Gallery where you can see many images of Deloss’s work. If you don’t receive the magazine and want to learn more about Deloss you can purchase  a copy of the magazine with his artist profile in the NBO Store.  You can also join NBO and then you’ll begin receiving copies of the quarterly Basketry+ magazine. 
There are so many guilds around the country to introduce to you. This month our Featured Guild is the Great Basin Native Basketweavers Association. The geography of this guild stretches from the South area of Death Valley, California, to the middle of Oregon and from the Sierra Mountain all the way to the Great Salt Lake! It includes the following tribes: Washoe, Shoshone, Northern and Southern Paiute, Goshute, Ute, Bannock, Mohave and Chemehuevi. Check out their website: Great Basin Basin Native Basketweavers Association to find out more and keep reading for their article below.
I want to remind you that our second Members in Print Exhibition will be here before you know it. The 2020 theme is Pattern and Texture. Entries will be accepted from February 1 - March 15. More information to come.
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Pamela Morton
Executive Director
National Basketry Organization

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Basketry Now Online
Great Basin Native Basketweavers Association

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Basketry Now continues on exhibit at the Kentucky Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, through December 1, 2019. Enjoy it while you can! 

To see many of the baskets featured in the exhibition, and get information on how to purchase them and/or the exhibition catalog, visit our 

Basketry Now Online Shop
Great Basin Native Basketweavers Guild
by Leah Brady
From November of 2018 to March 2019, the Great Basin Native Basketweavers Association had 2 classes weaving a small winnowing tray class in Burns, Oregon at the Burns Paiute Tribal Community Center and in Yerington, Nevada at the Yerington Paiute Community Center. GBNBA started a hat in Nixon, Nevada in February and March in Elko, Nevada then continued working on their project in March at the Fallon Paiute- Shoshone Community gym and also at the Woodsford, California Community Center in June. In April 2019, GBNBA met at Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Community Center to start a 3-rod coil basket.

Through the year, our weavers meet to share basketweaving skills and techniques with fellow weavers, youth and members. Gathering the native red willow that is dormant in late fall/winter, we split, core and size it to make the fine thread that we weave our baskets. Even a small basket can take a couple hundred willows to weave it.

Left to Right: Loretta Burden gathering red willows, Tammie Henry wearing her willow hat, 3-rod coil start by Sue Ann Monteleone, Gloria Johnnie-Robles with winnowing tray, Leah Brady hat, 2018 November Burns, Oregon class and 2019 March winnowing tray class group picture in Yerington, Nevada.

GBNBA also plans activities to encourage and assist its members with selling their traditional baskets. GBNBA offers various types of membership for persons interested in joining and supporting our organizations.  Our website, Great Basin Native Basketweavers Association has the membership form and other information.

Photos courtesy of the Great Basin Native Basketweavers Guild
Hands! The NBO Wants Your Hands! 
We want photos of your hands working on a basket! It’s time to update our NBO promotional rack card, and we’re looking for new photos to use. We’d like your hands to be included! 
Email your photos to NBO HANDS  by October 15th. (Limit of 3 photos per NBO member).

We want to see hands working, and to be able to tell something about what you are working on.... the photo needs to focus on the hands at work. 

This is a contest for NBO members. Not a member but have a great image you want us to consider? Please join NBO and send that photo! 

Photos need to be taken by an NBO member, or the hands in the photo need to be of an NBO member. Please identify both the photographer and hands when submitting your photo. Photos must be submitted by an NBO member, either photographer or subject. 

We need high quality images, please do not crop the hands out of a large photo, but send us a photo taken close up of hands working. Square shaped images of 1500 pixels on a side minimum, jpg format. This means large photo files! Please be sure to send them to us full size! 

We will announce whose photos have been selected in early November. Aside from that announcement, we will not be able to credit the photographer or person's hands/work in any photos that are selected by NBO. By sending us an image, you are giving us permission to use it on our website, social media and print media with no additional credit given. 
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