Panel to discuss Native American baskets at museum


— The Tamástslikt Cultural Institute Museum invites people to bring American Indian baskets to the museum at 1 p.m. July 28 for an "Antiques Roadshow" kind of discussion. The panel of experts will be Mary Dodds Schlick, author of "Columbia River Basketry;" Pat Courtney-Gold, Wasco weaver; and Laurence Tyler, appraiser.

Each panelist will make a short presentation, then those attending can interact with them.

Mary Dodds Schlick lived on the Colville, Warm Springs, and Yakama Indian reservations for three decades. Schlick is knowledgeable about the cleaning and maintenance of basket fibers. She serves as adjunct curator emeritus of the Native American Collection at the Maryhill Museum of Art.

Laurence Tyler has been an antiques dealer and appraiser in the Pacific Northwest for more than 40 years. He has owned shops in Seattle and Portland. He has been an independent appraiser, working with such organizations as the Oregon Historical Society and the IRS. His interest in American Indian materials began in the 1950s when he was an anthropology student at the University of Washington.

Pat Courtney Gold is a Wasco basket weaver who is dedicated to the preservation of her cultural heritage. Gold was brought up on the Warm Springs Reservation. In 1991 she began a second career of basket weaving. She mastered traditional full-turn twining, a nearly extinct form of basket weaving. Gold helped organize the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association. Her work is in the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. She has received state and national honors for artistic achievements and her advocacy for tribal cultural resources.

The panel coincides with the current exhibit, "Transitions: Joey Lavadour One Man Show" featuring the Walla Walla tribal weaver's amazing bags, pouches, and hats.

Tamástslikt is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Tamástslikt Cultural Institute at 541-966-9748 or visit


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