Tribes from Three States Join Tunica Biloxi Tribe for Second Annual Intertribal

Lydia Barbry (Tunica-Biloxi), Renee Neil and Kim Smith (Longview, TX), Elisabeth Pierite-Mora & Leilani Mora (Tunica-Biloxi

Published November 1, 2017

MARKSVILLE, LOUISIANA – The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana’s Language and Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP) hosted its Second Annual Intertribal Basketry Summit on Saturday, October 28 at Paragon Casino Resort.

Master weavers throughout regional Native American communities joined Tunica members in a modern-day effort to keep their cultural traditions alive. The summit serves as an informal forum for participants at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels to share elements of their culture and demonstrate southeast basketry techniques using pine needle, river cane and palmetto.

Alice Stringer (Houma, LA), Leilani Mora (Tunica-Biloxi), Zoe Anna Verret (United Houma Nation)

This year, master weavers from Native American communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma attended to demonstrate and discuss their unique styles. To add to the experience, basket weavers set-up tables to sell their basket creations on-site to the public.

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

  • 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 who learned the art from Choctaw elders in Louisiana and Mississippi participated.

“Thank you to all who participated in the second year of this exciting event which allows 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.”

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