Address: P.O. Box 1342, Warm Springs, OR 97761
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.