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Cedar Bark Mat Weaving: From Forest to Floor

Course Overview

This course offers students an opportunity to fully explore the traditional Anishinaabe craft of cedar bark weaving, from harvest to finished work. Led by Greg Johnson of Lac du Flambeau, this is a unique opportunity to immerse in a craft process and cross-cultural experience intimately tied to the northern forest and the Anishinaabe people. These mats were traditionally used to line the floor of lodges, making it more comfortable for sitting and working. They were also used for drying fish and other foodstuffs, as cedar has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Throughout the course, Greg will share stories and reflections related to cedar bark and other materials in Anishinaabe life. On Days 1 and 2 students will head into the early summer forest to harvest cedar bark. They will then learn to process, cut and dye the material to prepare it for weaving. On Days 3 and 4, students will work as a group to weave a large cedar mat. The weaving process involves many people working together in coordination to complete the project. On Day 5, students will weave smaller individual projects to take home


Wed, Jun 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 28th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 5 days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $500.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.