Renee Dillard will be demonstrating weaving with bulrushes and basswood fiber. She will share some techniques that have been passed down for many generations that have created beautiful mats. These mats were and are used during ceremony gatherings. You will learn Indigenous harvesting practices that include respect for the surrounding area and the plants themselves. Included throughout the presentation you will hear Renee speak some native language that best describes what your eyes will witness. Renee will be weaving a basswood and bulrush fiber bag during the presentation. This art is rare since the boarding school era. You are invited to come and learn about how the first people of this land lived in balance with their environment.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Renee Dillard is a Natural Fiber artist who is also a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. She is proud to serve on her tribes Natural Resource Commission, where the Commission guide the citizens about treaty rights that have been recognized by the federal government in 1994.