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Wasco Jim sitting in front of his home. July 1918

Photograph of Wasco Jim, also known as Sitting Rock, sitting in front of his home that is covered in tule mat.

Tule Basket Weaving Demonstration

In this video, Leanne Campbell from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians demonstrates a Coeur d'Alene method for making an egg basket out of tule reeds. Campbell uses a twining technique to lock together the tule reeds that form the basket. Campbell explains the method to CarylDene Swan providing instruction and feedback as they each create a basket. In addition to demonstrating how to make the basket, Campbell discusses some qualities of tule reeds that make them suitable for basket weaving. Swan describes how tule mats have adapted to newer Coeur d'Alene customs and how make hemp thread, which is traditionally used to hold the reeds together.

Tule Mat Weaving Demonstration

In this overview, CarylDene Swan from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians demonstrates how to create a tule reed mat. In addition to demonstrating how to create the mats, Swan discusses the materials required to make the mats,some of the traditional uses for mats, and the qualities of tule reed that make them useful for constructing shelters. Swan and Leanne Cambell, also from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians, discuss the experience of harvesting tule reeds.

Tule Mat Weaving Demonstration Overview

In this overview, CarylDene Swan from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians demonstrates the basic steps of making a tule reed mat. These mats served a number of different functions including the construction of lodging, floor coverings, and for serving food. A longer demonstration is also available through the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal.

Indians near Spokane

Indians near Spokane

A photo of one woman a child and three men seated on the left with one standing on the right.  In front of the right center seated man is a drum, and behind him and the man standing is a shelter of some sort.  The background is forested.