At the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, which we visited last month, a guide had taken a group of us around. The end of the tour saw us in a longhouse style activity room where each of us was given a narrow thin strip of previously soaked cedar bark. Following the guide’s instructions we each bent a strip around a peg (one in front of each person) on a long table and firmly twisted one half around the other half, then tied the ends. The top image shows simple samples of what can become the beginnings of complex multi-twisted twine or rope having many purposes, including clothing, hats and baskets.
These pieces have been sitting on my desk for a while so today I felt the urge to do some scanning and image play with them. The images are a bit small to show all details of the fine bark. Especially cool to me was to discover the shocking stains on the scanner bed which emerged when the levels were played with. What fun and who knows, maybe I’ll use these in some work one day.