Les Mains Guidées: Native American Yucca Coiled Basketry

When: 02-Dec-2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Vermilionville

Vermilionville is continuing to host monthly workshops that will allow you to learn crafts from our master artisans. On the first Saturday of every month, we will highlight a different craft from the old Acadian, Creole and Native American ways of life. Topics will range from woodcarving to textiles to foodways and many things in between.

In this all-day workshop, returning guest artisan Mark Suter, of Primitive Texas, will teach the skill of Native American Yucca Coiled Basketry. Coiling is one technique of basketry used by Native Americans across North America. Coil basketry can be as simple or as ornate as you like. Techniques vary quite a bit between cultures and choice of material. Take the time to learn a new skill and hone a craft that is still practiced today. 

The cost of the class is $50 and includes all necessary supplies. You must be registered in advance to participate.  Click here to register.  For more information, contact Brady McKellar at 337-233-4077 or via email at Vville@bayouvermiliondistrict.org. 


Mark Suter grew up camping and hiking in a region known as the Callahan Divide of western Texas. It was here amid the juniper and pecan forests where his love of wild places and the skills to live in them first developed. For over 15 years now, he has been traveling to natural areas across the United States to learn, practice and live the lifeway that he so dearly loves, primitive wilderness living. Mark served proudly as a soldier in the US Army for four years and is an Infantry Combat Veteran (Iraq 2004). He is a long time student of Tom Brown, Jr., and has studied bow making under Jim Hamm. Mark also works with the Lipan Apache Indians in south Texas on survival programs and events. Mark believes that  primitive living skills are an art and science that gives people - not only a greater sense of security and appreciation for the outdoors - but a connection to the Earth.