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About the Artist

Ho-Wan-Ut “Haila” Peterson is a traditional Skokomish/Chehalis weaver who plans to use her funding to further her proficiency at the processing and making of cedar baskets. Under the tutelage of master weavers Bill and Fran James of the Lummi Tribe, she will follow-up on the first steps in her apprenticeship including stripping, processing, and drying red cedar bark last summer.

Haila will travel to Bellingham this spring and summer for a series of scheduled sessions on the ways of traditional and ceremonial basketry. Already considered a young master weaver, she will bring techniques learned and use in this mentoring relationship into her own practice while also working with her extended family of weavers and tribal youth throughout the South Puget Sound region. This extends her impressive apprentice work with such artists as Hazel Pete, Bruce Miller, Yvonne Peterson, and Karen Reed among others.

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