Artists and crafters from the Tulalip Tribes will gather on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 for the annual Native Bazaar.
The bazaar is held each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Don Hatch Jr. Youth Center at 6700 Totem Beach Road.
More than 40 local artists will have booths with a variety of wares at the event, including Native print blankets, drums, cedar baskets, prints and carvings.
Most of the items are handmade.
“You can’t just go to the store and buy these kinds of items and art pieces,” said Tammy Taylor, organizer of the event and a master weaver with the Tulalip Tribes.
Food such as fry bread, clam chowder, chili dogs and tacos will also be available at the bazaar.
“It is not just for Tribal members, anybody can come down and support some local artists,” said Taylor, who said they often get members of different reservations coming down as well.
Taylor said that the artists like to gather together and share ideas.
“You get to be around a large group of Native artists,” she said. “I like to see the creativity.”
There is a lot of history in the crafting as well, as sometimes artists and crafters are using techniques that have been passed down for generations.
“Some of these drum makers learned how to make traditional drums from their grandfather or father or uncle,” she said.
Taylor and her husband have been cedar weavers for about 25 years and both had great grandparents who were also cedar weavers.
The Native Bazaar has allowed Tulalip artists a place to sell their items for more than two decades, said Taylor, and it grows a little bit each year.
Taylor has run it for the last nine years and it was run by another tribal member before that. “Originally it wasn’t even a bazaar, she would just invite some people to come down and sell some pieces,” she said.
The event has helped local artisans become more confident in selling their work, said Taylor, who said 15 years ago she encouraged a friend to bring her knitted pieces.
That friend is still knitting and now brings two tables of knitted items to bazaars.
“She had it in her the entire time, she just needed an event to sell her wares at,” said Taylor.
The Native Bazaar also serves as a fundraiser for the Tulalip Lions Club, who also help volunteer to organize and run the event.
“The money they raise goes back into the community,” said Taylor. Each year the Lions Club generally has projects they fundraise throughout the year for and this year it is about sending Tulalip kids to summer camp, said Taylor.
Taylor hopes that anyone interested in supporting local artists comes out to this year’s Native Bazaar.
“We invite our surrounding community to come and enjoy the event,” she said.