Tunica-Biloxi Tribe’s Program to Host Intertribal Basketry Summit

Published October 7, 2017

MARKSVILLE, LOUISIANA – The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana’s Language and Culture Revitalization Program  will hold its Second Annual Intertribal Basketry Summit on  Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Each year, the program invites master weavers throughout regional Native American communities to its Intertribal Basketry Summit. The summit serves as an informal forum for participants to share elements of their culture and demonstrate southeast basketry techniques using pine needle, river cane and palmetto. Master weavers from Native American communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss their unique styles. Some weavers will have their basket creations available for sale at the event. 

In addition to weavers from the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, participants hail from the following tribes:

  • Coushatta of Kinder, LA
  • Alabama-Coushatta of Livingston, TX
  • Chitimacha Tribe of Charenton, LA
  • Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Clifton Choctaw of Louisiana
  • United Houma Nation of Louisiana

Additionally, two non-tribal weavers will participate who learned the art from Choctaw elders in Louisiana and Mississippi.

 We are excited to kick-off the second year of this event and allow Native Americans to share their ancestors’ basketry styles in a communal and engaging
way,” said Marshall Ray Sampson, Vice Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana.  “We hope that by encouraging our people to continue learning the
art of basketry, the tradition will live on for generations to come.”

The Intertribal Basketry Summit is free and open to the public. Participants at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels are encouraged to attend and learn. The beginner group seeking instruction is limited to 12 participants and the overall summit is limited to 45 participants. Registration for weavers is $20 and includes lunch and a full cultural experience. Participants must register in advance by contacting LCRP program assistant Megan Anderson at [email protected] or (318) 240-6468.

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana’s Language and Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP), weavers from visiting tribes
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Paragon Casino Resort, Chiqui Ballroom

711 Paragon Place

Marksville, Louisiana 71351


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