CHEPXIMIYA SIYAM CHIEF JANICE GEORGE AND SKWETSIMELTXW WILLARD "BUDDY"JOSEPH
Coast Salish Wool Weaving/SFU First Nations Studies Department: 2005 - 2007, and Honouring Homeland and Her Beings:Weaving Conference 2009
Chepximiya Siyma’ Janice George and Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph are both master weavers and teachers from the Squamish Nation. Together they have trained hundreds of people in traditional Coast Salish wool weaving (1). They apprenticed with renowned Coast Salish weaver Susan Pavel (2), and co-founded L’hen Awtxw -Weaving House.
George and Joseph have numerous ceremonial and cultural responsibilities in their community. Joseph is the director of the Squamish Housing Office and George is a hereditary chief, trained museum curator, and educator (3). George also co-organized the 1st Canada Northwest Coast Weavers Gathering, with other Squamish Nation Weavers (4).