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Vancouver library holding cedar weaving demonstration online

Want to learn a traditional technique?
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Todd DeVries (Giihlgiigaa) is a Haida weaver.

If you've ever been interested in the local First Nations tradition of weaving cedar bark, this week there's an opportunity to learn more.

The Vancouver Public Library has invited Todd DeVries (Giihlgiigaa), a well-known Haida weaver, to discuss his art and techniques on Friday, April 9. The event will be held via Zoom.

"Using Western Red Cedar bark, Giihlgiigaa practises traditional techniques to create works of Northwest Coast art such as traditional and contemporary hats, baskets, bracelets and more," the library writes on its site.

He'll also discuss how he became a weaver and the history of the famed art form.

The Vancouver Public Library's (VPL) resident indigenous storyteller, Kung Jadee, will also join in.

It's a free event, but people still need to register online. To do so, visit the VPL website

Below is a video of DeVries preparing cedar bark for the weaving process.