Nettie Kuneki

Nettie Jackson Kuneki, member of the Klickitat Indian community of Washington and well-known Pacific Northwest basket artist, wove baskets for over 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 family. She was honored with a Washington State Governor's Arts and Heritage Award in 1992 and a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2000. She lived and worked in the small town of White Swan, near Yakima, Central Washington. Nettie died in 2013. (02/20)

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...And Woman Wove It in a Basket

A film by Nettie Kuneki, 1989, 70 min, Color

For the Klickitat Indians in Washington, basket weaving is a way of reclaiming native forms and heritage. This evocative portrayal of basket weaver 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…

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