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ELKO: Shoshone willow weaving at the California Trail Center

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ELKO – The public is invited to witness the passing down of a Shoshone tradition Saturday, Feb. 11, when Shoshone elders pass down the ancient craft of willow weaving.

Lois Whitney and Leah Brady will pass on the techniques of this art to the Shoshone youth from 2 until 6 p.m. A variety of baskets will be on display and at 4 p.m. there will be a formal presentation on Shoshone basket making.

Leah Brady and Lois Whitney are local Western Shoshone sisters who have worked for decades to keep Shoshone traditions alive by educating tribal youth. This free event is a rare opportunity to learn more about Shoshone culture.

The Willow Weaving workshop is the second Newe Night event at the California Trail Interpretive Center. Newe Night events will continue on the afternoon of  March 17 with a Drumming, Singing and Hand Game afternoon. Contact Shania Cook (775) 738-1849 for more information.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is eight miles west of Elko at Hunter exit 292.  The center is closed for exhibit installation but will be open for special events, school groups and prearranged tours and meetings.  Visit our websites at on.doi.gov/CTCElkowww.californiatrailcenter.org or visit the Trail Center’s Facebook page.

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