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News: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

4th Generation Weaver, Frieda George, Completes Project For Mouat

A rock star has been amongst us... a rock star of the Salish weaving world. Not just anyone is selected to have an exhibit at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology but “Artist in Residence” Frieda George was. This 4th generation weaver trained in the art from age of 15 by her grandmothers and great grandmother, has created a wool Salish Weaving wall hanging, roughly 4 feet by 8 feet, which will be hung for all to see in the new year.

Since she started this legacy project in September, students and staff were invited to come in small groups to work with Frieda and learn a little history about traditional Salish weaving in Sto:lo territory, where we reside. Teqwotenot, her traditional name, has been a wealth of knowledge and shared so willingly with anyone who was interested, giving students an opportunity to participate in the weaving. Elements of the design selected reflect the location of the school being near the Fraser River, mountains and forests along with other symbols, the characteristic “M” for Mouat and a keyword that we chose to display a value of great importance, “FAMILY”.

While here Frieda commented on the outstanding friendliness of the staff and students which made her feel so welcome. Generous through and through, her final day here Wednesday, Dec. 13, Frieda is cooking a giant thank you lunch for us and will be assisted serving it by the Mouat Aboriginal Student Council from in front of the Aboriginal Program Room.

For more about Frieda, click the link to YouTube.