Weaving on Gourds Demonstration At Nevada State Museum

In conjunction with the exhibit, Interwoven 2007, the Great Basin Basketmakers (GBB) will offer a series of demonstrations at the Nevada State Museum this summer. GBB members Cheryln Bennett and Molly Gardner share their expertise in a presentation entitled Weaving on Gourds from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2007.

Cheryln has been weaving on gourds for 12 years. In her presentation, she will explain how to clean and prepare the gourds and show how to finish the rim by weaving with reed and date palm. Molly Gardner, who has 15 years experience as a basket weaver, will share tips and techniques for weaving with pine needles on vessels and gourds.

The mission of the Great Basin Basketmakers is to make baskets, to learn everything about the traditions and techniques of basketry and to pass this knowledge along to others. Regular admission fees apply. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson at 775-687-4810, ext. 237.

The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. The museum collects, preserves, and presents this heritage through exhibits, educational programs, and publications. Exhibits highlight the state’s geology, history, a replica walk-through mine and ghost town, and Under One Sky: Nevada’s Native American Heritage. The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for children under 18. For information, call (775) 687-4810 or visit www.NevadaCulture.org

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