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.