The Button Blanket, by Nan McNutt

The Button Blanket, Nan McNutt, Native American, Arts and Crafts, Kwakwaka'wakw, Kwakiutl, Barry Scow, John Scow, Yasu Osawa
Paperback: $16.95
ISBN: 9781941890325
Arts and Crafts

The Button Blanket, by Nan McNutt

Anne, a young contemporary Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) girl, is going to dance in the ceremonial house for the first time. But who will help make her button blanket robe to dance in? Who will design the special family crest for her robe? As she asks each member of her family, traditions and history behind the button blanket unfold.

Nan’s McNutt’s introduction to Native American people and culture was at the University of Washington, where she developed friendships with Native American students. Since receiving her Master’s in Education (1979), Nan has lived and worked in Native American communities and schools. She has developed instructional materials and lead workshops for teachers in partnership with educators and artists from many Native American communities.

Barry Scow, member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Tribal Nation, began his career in 1990 at the age at 19 years. During the formative years he apprenticed with master carvers, Joe Petters Jr., Wayne Alfred, and Beau Dick. As a grandson of the great carver Mungo Martin and

Chief John Scow, of the Kwiksutianeuk people of Gilford Island, B.C. Canada, Barry sees traditional culture and learning as an important element of his work. For Barry, the greatest respect, and gift, he can give to his teachers and elders are to pass on what he has learned from them.

Yasu Osawa is co-owner of Upstream Productions, Inc with Sandra Sunrising Osawa, Makah Tribal Nation in Washington State. As a
graphic artist, he provided graphics and stills for the award winning 1975 “Knowledge” series, a ten-part series on Native Americans for NBC. His work as a videographer and graphic artist includes producing five PBS broadcast documentaries on Native American themes, issues and people.

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