Double Plaited Birchbark Knife Sheath

Saturday, February 20, 2016,  10am to 3pm 

Extension Building of the White Earth Tribal and Community College, 2254 College Road, Mahnomen, MN

Continue an ancient tradition of knife sheath making used by the Russian and Scandinavian peoples. Together, we will celebrate the versatility of birch and its many gifts, by learning how to make strips image3[1][1]of bark and peeling apart the bark layers. Then, we will make a woven knife sheath, to protect your knife blade. Bring along a knife to create your own birchbark plaited knife sheath.

Class size max: 8

This is a free workshop where lunch is provided!

For More Info or to RSVP call:

Tammy Bellanger at 218-935-0417 Ext 213 or

Artist/Instructor  Bio: Colette Wolf is a lifelong artisan and crafter. In the past year, Colette has studied basket making with birchbark, reed and willow. She attended numerous hands-on, basket-making workshops and camps in the midwest. Colette has shared a life long love for useful basket containers with her mother. “To me, there is always life essence in plants, whether the plant is rooted in mother earth, or harvested to feed, or providing service in a basket. I feel this partnership every time I carry my laundry, in a willow basket. Plants help me remain rooted to my past and mother earth. For this reason, I surround my family with basket containers and many other items made from plants.”  Colette is a White Earth descendant through her grandmother’s lineage, who grew up in the Whitefish Village with her fathers family, on the Lac Courte Oreilles reserve in northern Wisconsin.

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A partnership between the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Nation, White Earth Tribal and Community College and the Bush Foundation.Bush logo

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