Mashpee Wampanoag elder to demonstrate finger weaving

  • Mashpee Wampanoag elder and Rabbit Clan mother Marlene Lopez will lead a finger weaving talk and demonstration on Saturday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 11/14/2019 6:29:54 PM
Modified: 11/14/2019 6:29:43 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Finger weaving has been used by the Mashpee Wampanoag people for centuries, and will be the subject of a talk and demonstration this weekend.

The Nolumbeka Project will offer the event at the Great Falls Discovery Center on Avenue A on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. as part of the Full Beaver Moon gathering.

Mashpee Wampanoag elder and Rabbit Clan mother Marlene Lopez, who will lead the talk and demonstration, has been finger weaving for about 30 years, and her main interest is to keep the art alive by teaching others the knowledge she has acquired, according to a Nolumbeka Project press release.

The designs she will share are those of the Eastern Woodland and Plains people of Turtle Island during the 18th century, the release states, and the style of weaving is called warp-face — because only the warp strands show on the face of the finished product.

The designs are variations of diagonal, Chevron, Arrowhead, diamond, flame and lightning, and some of the items she’ll feature are ceremonial sashes, belts, garters, armbands, headbands and hair ties.

The event is co-sponsored by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. Admission is free.

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