Nobility Blankets: Coast Salish women’s role in an economy of generosity

7:00-8:30PM, Thursday, November 9, Lopez Community Center, 204 Village Rd.

Join Leslie Eastwood as she will share examples of Coast Salish Nobility Blankets, and offer insight into the important role Coast Salish women served in their communities as weavers of blankets that were often viewed as a basis for value and exchange in a pre-contact society.

The presentation will honor historical wool gathering and weaving practices, address the influences of colonization, and highlight contemporary tribal efforts to revitalize woven regalia throughout the region.

Leslie Eastwood (Samish) carries the ancestral name Helitseliga, and weaves on a traditional upright coast Salish loom, with a focus on regalia for ceremonial purposes.

She apprenticed with Rita Louis (Samish/Paquachin), who’s woven blankets have been presented to dignitaries of the British Royal Family. Recently Leslie has retired as General Manager of Samish Indian Nation, and provides demonstrations to raise public awareness, and leads wool weaving workshops to promote wool regalia within the Samish community.

Suggested admission donation $10