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NATIVE AMERICAN BASKETRY EXHIBIT OPENS JULY 9

Gig Harbor, WA, July 7, 2011—  The Harbor History Museum announced today that its original exhibition, “Woven Stories: Native American Basketry of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska” will open July 9 and run through October 16, 2011 at the museum.

“Woven with the strands of each basket in this exhibit is a rich history of the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska,” said Victoria Blackwell, Curator of Exhibits and Collections.

The exhibit features more than 250 baskets representing the work of weavers from nearly 30 different tribes. Both artifacts and modern woven items will be on display. The exhibit focuses on the artistry behind each basket, but also focuses on the importance of the Native American basketweaving tradition, the meanings behind various patterns and designs, and the natural materials used to create these objects of utility and beauty. Every basket is a woven story – intertwined with tribal legends, a connection to nature, and the experience and artistry of the basket weaver.

“Today, Native American baskets are collected and treasured. They rarely serve the original purpose of gathering berries, transporting food and possessions, or even cradling an infant. But within each weave is a family heritage passed down from female to female, generation to generation,” said Blackwell, “This exhibition strives to share this rich heritage with our visitors.”

Special programming presented in connection with Woven Stories includes basket weaving workshops for all ages. For dates and times, visit http://www.harborhistorymuseum.org/events.php.

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society dba Harbor History Museum was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. The Society moved in to their new 14,500 square foot facility in September 2010. The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm, except major holidays.