...And Woman Wove It in a Basket

A film by Bushra Azzouz, Marlene Farnum, and Nettie Kuneki

1989 | 70 minutes | Color | 16mm/VHS | Order No. 99369


For the Klickitat Indians in Oregon, basketweaving is a way of reclaiming native forms and heritage. This evocative portrayal of basketweaver Nettie Jackson Kuneki and her family explores Klickitat river culture within an investigation of documentary practice and cultural preservation. Capturing native life as experienced by a contemporary Klickitat woman, the film presents her daily activities through seasonal changes, the documentation of her craft and a visual history of Indian tales and legends. Voices of the filmmakers' own quest supplement Kuneki's reflections, creating a unique tapestry of personal memory and cultural collaboration that is invaluable for ethnographic film studies, Native American collections and women's studies.


"Unusually sensitive. Thoughtfulness and skill are balanced in the spiritually rich content and mood."

Victor Graf NW Film and Video Center


  • American Indian Film Festival, Best Documentary
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Native American Film and Video Festival
  • Royal Anthropological Institute Festival, UK


Bushra Azzouz

Born and raised in Mosul, Iraq and Beirut, Lebanon, Bushra Azzouz is an Arab-American filmmaker who has worked with Native American women, native villages in Borneo and her own family to tell stories of their homes and lives. She teaches at the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon and has researched and developed models for community media in collaboration with the regional Metro government. (7/07)

Nettie Kuneki

Nettie Jackson Kuneki, member of the Klickitat Indian community of Oregon and well-known Pacific Northwest basket artist, has woven baskets for 30 years. Kuneki’s documentary film, And Woman Wove It in a Basket examines basket weaving as a means for the Klickitat people to reclaim their native heritage. The film depicts the daily lives of contemporary Klickitat women determined to protect their native legacy and features members of Kuneki’s own family. And Woman Wove It in a Basket earned Kuneki the award for Best Documentary at the American Indian Film Festival. (07/09)

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