Cherokee basket weaving class set

Cherokee basket weaving class setIf you’ve ever been impressed by the beauty of a handwoven basket and wanted to try basketry for yourself, there is a class on May 10, from 1-4 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. Signups are being taken now, and space is limited.

Little Deer Durvin, who is Cherokee, will teach the class. If available, Dixie Flynn, who also has Cherokee heritage, may assist. The pattern to be taught goes together fairly quickly. It can be made single-walled or double-walled. Since this is a lightweight, fairly open basket, it is suitable for holding fruit or serving breads. It will make a lovely gift, to display or to hold odds and ends. Durvin will also teach the history of the Cherokee people and Cherokee baskets.

The cost is $40 per person for materials, which will be provided. This class is a fundraiser for the local Cherokee Community of Central California Ridgecrest Area Hog Fry, scheduled for this coming November. This event will be open to all, and is intended to reach out, share Native American culture, promote understanding, and have fun.

For more information, or to register, call Durvin at 760-382-4096 or e-mail at

Story First Published: 2013-05-01