Nels and Rose Hedlund


In the continuation of this interview Rose Hedlund talks about basket making, sewing, and tells a story about Ptarmigan Women and Spruce Hen Women to show how important it is for a woman to be a good seamstress. She also talks about camping, trapping and Dena'ina place names. Nels periodically chimes in from the background with additional place name information.

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H98-27-11, Tape 2

Rose and Nels Hedlund continue to talk with Priscilla Russell and Andy Balluta on July 27, 1985 in Chekok, Alaska about...

1) Weaving and sewing traditional grass baskets.

basket -- weaving\ grass -- beachgrass\ sewing -- grass\ Dena'ina terms -- grass|

2) Making and dyeing grass baskets.

grass -- blades\ mats -- grass\ basket -- shapes\ dye -- berry juice\ berries -- cranberries \ berries -- blueberries\ berries -- blackberries\ basket -- decoration|

3) Different types of grass baskets and how they are made.

Freda\ basket -- coiled\ basket -- weaving \ sewing\ thread -- grass\ needles -- iron|

4) How grass baskets used to be made.

needles -- bone\ Chickie\ hotpads -- grass\ Kokhanok\ Whiteman's Grass\ Freda\ carnival\ basket -- sizes\ basket -- uses\ Hedlund, Rose -- mother|

5) Dena'ina place names and terms.

Dena'ina terms -- baskets\ Dena'ina place names\ Goose Bay\ Chekok\ Paint Valley\ Chekok Creek\ Canyon Creek\ Takes His Time Creek|

6) Meaning and location of Dena'ina place names.

Takes His Time Creek -- story\ Chekok village\ potlatch\ Newhalen\ Chekok Creek\ Flat Island\ Spruce Island|

7) Dena'ina place names and the importance of those location.

Pedro Mountain\ Cliff Island\ Porcupine Island|

8) Dena'ina place names and the importance of those locations.

Stone House\ New Iliamna\ caves\ camping|

9) Dena'ina place names and camping.

Big Shoots\ Iliamna village\ camping\ trapping -- snares\ trapping -- squirrel\ Hedlund, Rose -- mother\ Hedlund, Rose -- aunt|

10) Camping and trapping.

trapping -- squirrel\ snare -- type\ hunting -- sheep\ caribou\ moose\ black bear\ caribou -- availability\ dogs -- packing\ Hedlund, Rose -- mother|

11) Story about Ptarmigan Women making a bidarki (skinboat).

birds -- ptarmigan\ birds -- spruce hen\ boats -- bidarki\ sewing -- skin\ Spruce Hen Women\ stitching -- poor|

12) Bidarki story continued.

Ptarmigan Woman\ sewing -- skin\ sewing -- good quality\ skin -- seal\ knot -- tying\ stitching -- waterproof|

13) The skill involved in sewing different boots and bidarkis.

sewing -- skill\ sewing -- awards\ boats -- bidarki\ waterboots\ mukluks\ boots -- reindeer hide\ sewing -- waterproof boots|

14) Waterproof clothing.

boots -- fishskin\ ?, Ruth\ raincoat -- bear gut\ boats -- bidarki|


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