'We're not just making a blanket, we're making history': Salish weavings on display

Cory Correia, CBC News, November 17, 2017

"A new exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology has brought together one of the world's largest collections of Salish blankets, according to MOA curator Susan Rowley.

The showcase is called The Fabric of our Land: Salish Weaving, and features dozens of intricately designed blankets, some contemporary and others nearly 200 years old. 

Featured in the showcase are 10 of the earliest known blanket weavings by Salish peoples from the Pacific Northwest.

The exhibit at the MOA at UBC opens Nov. 19 and runs until April 2018. 


usqueam First Nation weaver Debra Sparrow said the significance of these blankets coming back to Salish territory is heightened because the skill of textile weaving was lost by the Musquem community for two generations, before she and a small group took up the craft.

"When we're standing at our loom, we're not just making a blanket, we're making history. We're connecting with our people, and we're reflecting all the ways in which they existed.""

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