SQ3Tsya'yay: Weaver's Spirit Power

September 7, 2011 - January 29, 2012

SQ3Tsya’yay, pronounced “cut-see-ya-ya,” is the written form of the words that mean “Weaver’s Spirit Power” in the Twana language.

Weaving has always been important to Puget Salish people. Those individuals who are gifted in weaving produce beautiful blankets. The blankets, used as clothing, are worn on ceremonial occasions and are also symbolic of a person’s wealth and status. The blankets can also be given away as gifts at important gatherings. Blankets tell a story and hold special spiritual power for the people who wear them.

sa’hLa mitSa (Susan Pavel) spent six years as an apprentice under Salish master weaver subiyay (Bruce Miller) (Skokomish) to become a master weaver and weaving teacher. She is committed to the art of weaving, teaching classes and presenting Salish weavings to Native and non-Native people.

This exhibition is the fifth incarnation of SQ3Tsya’yay: Weaver’s Spirit Power and serves to familiarize visitors with the basic techniques and process of Salish weaving.

Anne and Michael Pavel in Salish woven blankets and cedar hats

sa’hLa mitSa (Susan Pavel)'s mother-in-law tSol kay blu (Anne Pavel) and husband CHiXapKaid (Michael Pavel) wear blankets she wove for them in Puget Salish style.