Kelli Palmer

Kelli Palmer and Joy Ramirez_from right to left

Kelli Palmer (left) and her apprentice Joy Ramirez.

Address: P.O. Box 1342, Warm Springs, OR 97761
County: Jefferson
Phone: 541-553-1196 (day) 541-352-6535 (evening)
Birthplace: Madras, OR

Birth Date: 11/24/76
Ethnic Background: Native American Indian

Describe traditional skill/craft/art, when & why it is done, and your history with it:

I make Native American cornhusk baskets with dried cornhusk help and rayon raffia, usually with buckskin (brain treated-smoked deer hide) handles.  It was traditionally used as dried food storage used during wedding trades.  It eventually turned into bags, purses, side bags, or horse regalia for show.  I make the smaller show bags.

How and from whom was the tradition learned:

I learned how to make cornhusk basket/bags from my mother, Eraina Palmer during her last class.  She has been my teacher for traditional arts most of my life.  I am lucky she has passed her knowledge on to me.


How, when, why did you come to Oregon:

We lived in Warm Springs Oregon on the reservation for all of my life.

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