Learn to bead and weave at mission

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Expert beader John Bevis displaying a beaded vest and beaded gun case he made.

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Emily Sommers takes a moment to reflect after putting the handle on the basket she is making.

The 75th anniversary celebration at Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road, continues this weekend with opportunities to learn how to bead and how to weave a basket.

On Saturday 1-4 p.m., basket weaving expert and instructor Emily Sommers will demonstrate how to weave a basket. Supplies will be provided for anyone wanting to try their hand at it.

On Sunday, beading artist John Bevis will be at the park 1-4 p.m. Bevis is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla. He started seriously beading about 15 years ago when he needed regalia for pow wows. He says to get good pieces sometimes you need to make them yourself. He and his wife have won awards for their bead work.

The Whitman Mission is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the park grounds are open until dark. The entrance fee is $3 for adults; children under 16 are free. A family pass is $10 and good for an entire year. Visitor information may be obtained any time by calling 509-529-2761 or by visiting the park website: www.nps.gov/whmi.

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