Celebrate National Aboriginal Day at Touchstones Nelson

Learn to make pine needle baskets on June 21.

Pine needle baskets

How are you going to celebrate National Aboriginal Day?

Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History is offering free admission for all people of aboriginal descent on Sunday, June 21.

There will also be an all-ages pine needle basket making workshop from 12 to 2 p.m. with Toni Appleby, aboriginal educator for School District 8. Pine needle baskets were made by indigenous people from BC to Mexico.

The traditional coil technique that will be taught at the workshop has been used for up to 30,000 years.

Once you’ve learned the technique, you can harvest your own materials and make a basket anywhere — while on a camping trip with your family, or at home in your own backyard.

The fee is $5 for ages 14 and under ($3 for members), and $10 for ages 15 and up ($8 for members. A materials fee of $5 will apply to all participants making a basket. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register call 250-352-9813 or email jessica@touchstonesnelson.ca.

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