Tulalip Tribal artists and crafters gathered for the annual Native Bazaar held by local Tulalip members to share their drums, baskets, jewelry and other items.

This year's bazaar was held at the Don Hatch Jr. Youth Center on Nov. 17 and 18 this year with more than 35 vendors (although scheduled to run on Nov. 16 the first day of the bazaar was cancelled due to another event). 

"There is not a single table left for anybody to set up," said Tulalip Tribal member Tammy Taylor, who has organized the event for the past nine years.

There were a variety of traditional crafts such as beadwork, cedar baskets, shawls and blankets. The techniques for making those items have sometimes been passed down through many generations.

"A traditional trading post is basically what it is," said Taylor. "You can't just go to the store and buy this cedar work."

Taylor's family has had cedar weavers in the past and she and her family continue that tradition.

"Me and my family go out, and it's hard work to harvest. We harvest it every year and when you come home, have to let it dry and prepare it before you can even decide what you want to make," she said.

Originally her family wasn't trying to sell their items.

"We had totes full of stuff because we love to weave and we weren't selling it out there," said Taylor.

Caroline "Uppy" Thornberry began the bazaar and invited the Taylor family to bring their items.

"The first place I really set up to sell was her bazaar, and it really wasn't a 'bazaar' back then, it was just a Christmas thing where we got together," she said.

"It was like a garage sale and people would bring their DVDs, and back then it was the cassettes," she said.

Taylor eventually took over organizing the event and it continues to be a place for Tulalip artists to get together during the holiday season.

"I think part of it is being able to visit with everyone.  I come down here and make a little bit of money, but that is not the most important thing to me," said Tulalip craftsman David Fryberg.

"I like that it brings the whole community together. I get to run into people that I don't normally  see and I know everybody here," said Tribal artist Jennifer Tracy.

Many of the vendors who come to the Native Bazaar have attended the event for many years.

"All of our vendors have been coming here for a long time," said Lana Edwards Craig, a Tulalip Tribal member who sold items at this year's bazaar.

"I like seeing all the community members and being able to visit all day," she said.

The event also provides local artists and crafters a good place to show what they make.

"This event is most important to all the people in the community for buying local artwork, prints, shawls and all the stuff you see here," said Craig.

"I like seeing all the talent that comes out here," she said.

Some, like Fryberg, have been working on their craft for many decades. He said he has been making traditional drums for about 50 years and weaving for about 25 to 30 years.

"I just like to work with the wood," he said.

Tracy said she has been making art for about a decade now.

"When I was a kid I couldn't draw to save my life, never had an art class. About 10 years ago I got some extra time, I was sick at home, and I said I always wanted to do this and just kept on trying," she said.

The Native Bazaar provides a place for those artists to come together.

"We walked around, hug each other, because we're friends that maybe haven't seen each other in a while," said Taylor. "It's a fun place to come and hang out."

 

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