Grades 4-7 Resources » Weaving


​​​Introduction Lessons for Weaving​

Driving Question: How does learning about weaving help us to learn about its significance to indigenous people? What is important about weaving to indigenous people?

Learning Targets: Thinking critically; making meaningful personal connections; inferring from images/art expression; connecting and engaging with others to share and develop ideas.                    
Toni Frank - First Nation Cultural Art Showcase

Toni describes her love and passion for art and cedar weaving. Toni is a member of the K'omoks and Sechelt First Nation.
Quarterbag Weaving: Coast Salish Weaving​

Videos prepared with Suzanne Camp to explain and demonstrate how to weave quarterbags. Thanks to the people we learned this from at FNESC (First Nations Education Steering Committee) Conference. If anybody knows who this was, let us know we would like to thank them properly!
Below find 4 videos that explain the weaving process step by step:

Preparing the cardboard for weaving:
Preparing the Warp Thread
Weaving with the weft thread
Adding a new weft thread:
Finishing the Quarterbags
Story of the Coast Salish Knitters
Combining the ancient wool-working traditions of the Coast Salish people and knitting techniques of English and Scottish settlers, Cowichan sweaters have become a symbol of Canadas West Coast. This is the story of the people who make them.​  YOu have to make an account with The Knowledge Network to get this video to play. 
Click here to download a poster about the Coast Salish wool dog.
A Journey Into Time Immemorial
Time Immemorial Screen CaptureThis interactive website, 'A Journey into Time Immemorial' is based on the story of Xá:ytem Longhouse in Mission BC in the Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver BC.  There is a section on weaving and some illustrations. 
Cedar Weaving

Harvesting Cedar

Special Note: There are protocols that go with collecting cedar bark. Some things to consider about cedar collection is that the people who collect cedar are from the local nation, have been taught from an elder, know how and when to do this without harming the tree in that specific area. Cedar is considered sacred for many.
Cedar Weaving - Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
Watch as QúQú Héy Yóóch -- "Bernadine Billy", Txwolt'malh -- "Holly Joseph" and n̓án̓attw Nkakúsene -- "Tanina Williams" work with inner cedar bark, a simple yet effect craft that all guests have the opportunity to practice and take home with them.

Story of Cedar, Cedar Hat Weaving & Bark Pulling Cowichan Coast Salish

From the moment of birth to the time of passing, cedar has traditionally played a vital role in the life of the First People of the Pacific Northwest.
This 30min documentary tells the story of cedar, how the bark is stripped from the cedar tree and prepared for cedar weaving (hats) and discusses the art of cedar weaving and the effect this workshop had on the participants. The project was facilitated by Maria Sampson. The video was produced by Louise McMurray and the Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival and directed, shot and edited by Phil Ives.

First Nation Weaving

Metis Weaving