BANDON - Brenda Brainard, Miluk Coos traditional storyteller, basketweaver and enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, will present “Salmon Story: How Salmon Brought People to the Land,” and “Raven Story: How Raven Put Light in the Sky” beginning at 1 p.m., Friday, March 16, at the Bandon Public Library Sprague Room, 1204 11th St. SW.
Brainard will also present a talk on “How the Baskets Saved the Beaches” and “Coos Contemporary and Old Baskets” at 2:30 p.m., also in the library’s Sprague Room. Through her storytelling and basket display, Brainard shares her native history and culture with the audience.
Brainard is graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, and has practiced in the area of Indian law for over 35 years. For the past 20 years she has been the director of the Indian Education Program in Eugene. On storytelling and basket weaving, Brainard said, “It keeps me connected to my roots, my culture and who I am and where I come from. It is important to me to know that the ancestors are pleased with what I do for my culture."
Both presentations are free and open to the public and part of the community-wide Big Fish Project, which will feature a series of presentations and events for all ages through the rest of the year at both the library and throughout the community.