Nationally acclaimed artist and Skokomish tribal leadr, Gerald Bruce Miller (subiyay) interpreted the sacred teachings of the natural world to anyone who wanted to learn. This gentle and generous film is the parting gift of a great teacher, artist and orator.
Vi Hilbert generously donated a collection of traditional cedar root baskets to IslandWood in 2006. Her nephew, Johnny Moses, shared the stories and the songs of the baskets. Vi welcomes people to touch and hold these baskets at IslandWood to fully experience their teachings.
A short video I shot and edited about the Ancient Living Skills course at Roots School in Central Vermont. At this course students learn the materials and processes to create bone tools such as knives and awls, soap stone carving, advanced fiber technology, rawhide and willow pack baskets, birch bark plaiting, and more. This is also one of the courses in the Origins Program, a nine month long course in which students take one course a month and end with a week out in the Vermont wilds putting to use the tools and weapons they have made throughout the course. For more information about Roots School, Ancient Living Skills, or the Origins Program visit us at RootsVT.com
This is the first decent thing I put together testing out the Nikon D7000. I learned quickly about its limitations and had a lot of fun. Awesome to have such a beautiful subject and subject matter.
Sarah Corrigan of the Roots School gathers, processes and spins dogbane fiber into cordage. She uses a horn comb for refining the material and spins it with a Turkish style drop spindle. The single ply cordage is then double plied into two ply, or woven into the twined fiber basket or made into natural fiber bow strings and snare lines.
The Willow Basketry Class at Roots School, in October 2011.
A video I put together with the D7K for my school.
In the basketry class students learn how to locate, harvest, propagate, and weave willow, an incredibly pliable and resilient material. This class focuses on waling, or three-strand twining, an ancient technique of weaving that creates a beautiful pattern and a very durable basket. We will also focus on two-strand twining, perhaps one of the earliest ways of turning a collection of twigs into a solid, multi-use vessel.