x Celeste Whitewolf

May 25


This hands-on workshop is guided by Celeste Whitewolf, of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla. Together with cotton fibers and recycled papers, we will hand-build colorful baskets. Learn to create personal patterning and finish the basket with a glass-beaded lid. This class is for every skill level - even those who are already knowledgeable in the basketry arts will find much delight in working alongside legendary, Cece Whitewolf.

We met with Cece through a recommendation of Margaret Mathewson, a master weaver and founder of  Ancient Arts Center, for skilled native basket weavers in the Pacific Northwest. Cece quickly welcomed us into her home studio to share her natural fibers library, a collection of handmade baskets from around the world and current works in porcupine quill, pounded cedar root and native ivy.

We were instantly inspired by her, her history working in the natural fibers and cultural preservation work through classes across the Pacific Northwest- so a collaborative workshop at Landdd was in order. This one is certainly, not-to-miss.


Note: Due to the nature of our workshops, tickets cannot be refunded after purchase. If you can’t attend the workshop after purchase, future credit will be applied to upcoming workshops at Landdd.

*Contact us for student pricing. 

Saturday 25 May 
11—3 pm
Portland, OR
11am: Intro
11—12pm: Demo
1—3pm: Create
Snaks & Bev
Mini Basket
Decor Object
Skill Levels

Technique references

Celeste Whitewolf is a weaver of Nez Perce cemiitx ‘itetpe’s (“Huckleberry Baskets”) and liic kaw (“Huckleberry Hats”). Her maternal elders, members of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, were recognized Gatherers in the Nez Perce tradition. On her father's side, Celeste descends from generations of Karuk weavers.

She learned the art of Karuk weaving by attending annual gatherings at tribal headquarters, where local weavers graciously taught her their art. She also studied with the Grand Ronde tribal people through their Lifeways classes in Portland, OR, learning to work with cedar and sedge under the guidance of teacher Greg Archuleta. She learned to weave Cemiitx ‘itetpe’s in a year-long project working with Master Weaver Margaret Matheson, using the baskets handed down from her grandmother as a guide.

Whitewolf is a member of the Columbia Basin Basketweavers Guild and the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association (NNABA). Her work has been exhibited in various locations, including the Evergreen College as part of the Teachings of the Tree projects, the yehaw Exhibition at the King Street Station in Seattle, Washington, and the Josephy Arts and Culture Center in Joseph, Oregon. She has also served for four years as an Artist in Residence at the Josephy Arts Center.

Video by:
The Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art on behalf of the Burke Museum

Celeste’s Work


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