When her husband-to-be Michael Pavel took her home to the Skokomish reservation in the summer of 1996, it was revealed that Susan Pavel (photo, center) couldn’t cook.
“The attitude,” she says, “was, well, let’s teach you some useful trade. Like weaving.”
And with that, Susan Pavel (’99 Ph.D.) joined the revival of Coast Salish weaving.
Susan and Michael, a Washington State University faculty member in education, were living with his uncle, Bruce Miller, a master weaver.
“He started me at the beginning, carding the wool, spinning the wool, dyeing the wool, working up the loom. Actual weaving was maybe a third of the process.”
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