Basket weaving workshop Mar. 5 at Town Creek

150506-TCIM-Pine-Needle-BasketsMOUNT GILEAD (TCIM) – Baskets have become a significant part of celebrating Easter, and for anyone interested in basket weaving, Town Creek Indian Mound will host “A Stitch in Pine: Pine Needle Weaving Workshop” on Sat., Mar. 5 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m.  Participants will have an opportunity to learn the coiling technique used to make pine needle baskets, the supplies and skill necessary for success, and be able take supplies home to complete their baskets.

Pre-Columbian American Indians in the southeast were among the first people to create coiled basketry. These baskets were used for storage and gathering as well as for cooking.  Natives also made hats, shoes, baby cradles and toys using the coiled basket form.

Pine needles are used in making coiled baskets in several regions of the United States, with local species of pine being used in each region if it is suitable.

“Longleaf Pine grows throughout the South,” says Historic Interpreter Karen Bowles, “and produces long needles that would have provided a great material for American Indians in the Southeast to create these beautiful coiled baskets.”

The workshop is appropriate for ages 13 and up. The $20 fee includes project materials. Class size is limited and the registration fee is due by Mar. 2.  Please contact the site at 910-439-6802 or towncreek@ncdcr.gov for registration form.

For more than 1,000 years, American Indians farmed lands later known as North Carolina. Around A.D. 1000, a new cultural tradition arrived in the Pee Dee River Valley. Throughout Georgia, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and western and southern Piedmont North Carolina, inhabitants built earthen mounds for their leaders, engaged in widespread trade, supported craftspeople, and celebrated a new religion.

The mission of Town Creek is to interpret the history of the American Indians who once lived here.  The visitor center features interpretive exhibits and audiovisual displays.  A national historic landmark, Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site is North Carolina’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage.  Tour groups are welcome and encouraged.  The site is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.  It is closed to the public Mondays and most major holidays.

The historic site is within the Division of State Historic Sites and located at 509 Town Creek Mound Road, Mount Gilead, NC, 27306.  For more information on Town Creek, visit http://www.towncreekindianmound.com.

–This article was authored and submitted by the staff of Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site.

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