The Process


Harvesting cedar bark is a very scared and ancient practice that Avis takes great pride in practicing. This is Avis’ time to connect with the tree and let her know what will be happening with her bark.

Harvesting done during the end of spring, beginning of summer. The first step of the processes involves finding the right tree with few branches, and nice bark. She spends some time hugging the tree, prays, and thanks the tree for offering its bark to human kind by offering tobacco. The bark is removed by making a horizontal cut in the bark, then pulling it off of the tree. The outer layer of bark is then carefully removed, separating the soft inner layer of the bark. The bark is then soaked, cut into strips and now is ready to be woven.

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