2020 NPSO Annual Meeting Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the best interests for the health and safety of our members, the Cheahmill Chapter has decided to cancel the Annual Meeting this year. While the number of new cases should decline over the next several weeks and months, subsequent waves of COVID-19 are likely to recur once social distancing is relaxed. We are exploring hosting the meeting next year (2021) at Spirit Mountain Lodge and offering much the same program.

If you have already sent in your registration form and payment, your checks will be shredded. Those whose checks were already deposited will receive a refund.

We look forward to seeing all of you in 2021, hopefully at Spirit Mountain. Please stay safe and healthy through this difficult time.

NPSO 2020 Annual Meeting

May 29 - 31     Spirit Mountain Lodge, Grand Ronde, Oregon

Field Trips

Saturday May 30, 2020    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.                    Field Trip # 24

Basket-Making Workshop


Difficulty:     Easy - Inside a classroom at the Chachalu Museum

Elevation:     None

Group Size Limit:     15

Trip Description:     Stephanie Wood-Craig and Margaret Mathewson are basket makers and teachers. They will lead a workshop on how to construct a simple tule rush or cattail basket involving twining and plaiting. They will talk about local basketry and plant use traditions. The workshop will focus on making a container, and participants are encouraged to bring a plastic or metal water bottle around which they may weave their basket. Students will explore the plant materials followed by a demonstration of how to construct their baskets.

Stephanie Wood-Craig is the collections specialist at the Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center at Grand Ronde. Her degree in cultural anthropology, folklore, and museum studies is from the University of Oregon. She is an accomplished basket maker and teaches and interprets for museums and galleries around the state and beyond. She is from a well-known basket weaving family at Grand Ronde.

Margaret Mathewson earned her doctorate in ethnobotany at UC Berkeley and did post-doctoral work at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History where she studied old basketry collections. She works in the Agricultural Sciences Department at OSU and with tribes in Oregon, Washington, and California on ancestral skills and land management issues.

Special Considerations:     Bring a plastic or metal water vessel of the desired shape for your basket.


Meeting Place and Time:     Trip # 24 leaves at 9 a.m. from Spirit Mountain Lodge entrance. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before departure time to meet your group and arrange carpools.

Driving Miles and Time from Spirit Mountain Lodge:     1.25 miles, 5 minutes on paved roads

Driving Directions:     Trip leaders will provide detailed driving instructions.


Leaders:       Stephanie Wood-Craig, Margaret Mathewson

Stephanie Wood, cultural anthropologist. Margaret Mathewson, ethnobotanist.



Plant Lists and Other Information:     Clink on the links below for more information about this trip.