Relating with Indigenous Plant and Animal Fibers

Summer 2021 First Session
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 12
4 Credits per quarter
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All peoples have an original calling to fulfill, a gift that is meant to be shared within the circle.  We consider people from many viewpoints, which include fungi, plants, animals, and humans.  During our course of Relating with Indigenous Plant and Animal Fibers we will be introduced to the various fibers, whose gifts we will begin to understand and synthesize onto themselves and our connections to others.  These fibers were and are materials used to create Coast Salish Wool Weavings, the Native regalia of our region.  Our course will identify indigenous plant and animal fibers as well as pick, clean, card, mix, and create finished rolags.  These finished rolags can then be used to spin into yarn.  The materials will either be sustainably harvested and/or provided for during our course, held in Paimarire, the Fiber Arts Studio.  Second summer session students will have the opportunity to spin the rolags (and other fibers) on a traditional spindle whorl and sample other modes of spinning.  Also a terrific opportunity to carve your own spindle whorl will be offered in the Carving Studio with Alex McCarthy in Woodcarving: Art and Function.

Whether remote or in-person, this offering will include lectures, workshops, and seminars. If remote, learning will include recorded lectures and video-conferencing workshop sessions and seminars.  Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.


Summer 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

First Session (4): 40019

Academic details

Maximum Enrollment
Online Learning
Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 50-74% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Class Standing

$50 fee to provide .5 ounces of mountain goat wool to clean, pick, card, and blend with other harvested fibers (the price is related to the exclusive nature of the goat and accessibility of the wool, you have to hike the mountains to gather it).


In Person or Remote
Time Offered
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