DianeCan you tell me a bit about how you spun this beautiful wool?

MinnieWell, we have to wash it first, to take a little bit of the oil out of it, and then a lot of people would just tease it, like they do here for teaching the children how to tease the wool first, and then they have a carder. And a lot of the wool is nice and long, you don't have to spin it or any, I mean, tease it or card it. You just pick it and just spin it.

DianeSo there's not a whole lot of vegetable matter in it-

MinnieNo, no.

Diane-or anything. Wonderful! Did you spin before you wove?

MinnieYes. I was knitting.

DianeRight.

MinnieAnd knitting socks, sweaters, and that, I had to spin the wool.

DianeDid you start spinning when you were young, little?

MinnieNo, I didn't learn that. I used to bother my mom. Mom used to get mad at me. She used to always say, "You're a crazy girl!" She was knitting, and I wanted to knit, and she was knitting on bought wool. And then I started, sheep wool, and I started to make things with sheep, and she wanted to learn to spin.

DianeSo you taught your mother as well.

MinnieYeah, and she always said I was crazy when I wanted to learn from her!

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DianeThat's wonderful! And your daughter now is a very well-known weaver.

MinnieNo, daughter, a granddaughter.

DianeA granddaughter, right.

MinnieYes. She does, she makes blankets.

DianeAnd your blankets have gone to famous personages, I understand.

MinnieWell, mostly to Coqualeetza. They wanted a bunch of blankets made for the chiefs, when they were having programs and that, yeah.

DianeHow long did that take you?

MinnieIt took me quite a while. They didn't give me much time to make it, so I just had to really concentrate.

DianeDay and night?

MinnieWhen they decided to do it, yes.

DianeSo you'd be up at four?

MinnieOh yes, yeah.

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