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About the Artist

Melissa Streun is a S’Klallam artist trained in traditional weaving who first began weaving at the age of ten, and then working with master weaver Lillian Pullen from the Quileute Tribe. Her practice has expanded greatly in recent years as she has had the opportunity to study with Suquamish elder Betty Pasco and attend last year’s gathering of the Northwest American Basketweaver’s Association Conference. Following last year’s exploration of new weaving techniques with Squaxin Tribal Member Gail White Eagle, Streun was appointed Lead Weaver of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Weaving Committee and currently oversees numerous demonstrations and classes aimed at passing on weaving techniques to new generations within her community. Furthering her efforts to spur further interest in traditional arts within the community and beyond, Streun will use funds to attend the Northwest Native American Basketweaver’s Conference in its entirety this coming fall in Worley, Idaho. She plans to bring her children Natashe, James and Shayna—all beginning weavers—and hold a series of weaving classes for the community upon her return.

Streun is the recipient of a 2011 Native Arts Grants from Potlatch Fund.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.