TAHLEQUAH - The John Hair Cultural Center and Museum, or JHCCM, will host two basket-weaving classes in January. The classes will begin at 5 p.m. and last until about 8:30 p.m.
During the first basket-weaving session, Jan. 5 and 6, students will learn how to weave around a glass flower vase to produce a beautiful basket vase suitable for displaying fresh-cut flowers. The second session, Jan. 19 and 20, will focus on weaving a basket and fitting it with a woven lid. The cost of the classes is $25 each. Reed will be provided.
Students may bring their own vases. Vases of appropriate sizes will also be available at the museum for purchase at $2 each.
These classes will be taught by Keetoowah Tradition Keeper and master basket weaver Cindy Hair. Hair began weaving baskets as a child of about ten years old, giving her more than fifty years’ of basket weaving experience.
Hair’s basketry is known in many states around the country. Both Presidents Obama and Carter possess samples of Hair’s master basket weaving skills.
“I just love weaving baskets and love teaching basket weaving,” Hair said. “I want to keep it up and pass it on as long as I can.”
“We want everyone to feel a warm welcome at the museum and to enjoy learning the traditional skills taught by master craftsmen and women,” Director Ernestine Berry said. “We enjoy meeting our neighbors, making new acquaintances, and sharing traditional arts and crafts with tribal members and the public."
To register for the basket weaving classes or to get more information about the classes, please call the museum at 918-772-4389.