Freida George (nee Jimmie) is a master artist. She is a member of Squiala First Nation of the Sto:lo Nation, Chilliwack, BC. She invested hours of time with her mother Margaret Jimmie, her paternal grandmother Chief Theresa Jimmie and her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Herrling, who is now one of the eldest and well known Halq’emeylem language teachers in the Sto:lo Nation, learning the art of Salish Weaving, which included washing and carding raw wool, spinning wool and dying wool. Freida, her mother and grabdmothers are original members of the Salish Weavers of the Fraser Valley, which has long since ended.
Her learning included knitting sweaters, hats, socks and making cedar root baskets and collecting the materials. She has also learned many other arts and crafts, like leatherwork, beading, etc. Freida has also taken the time to learnt the Halq’emeylem language.
She has now worked many years within the Sto:lo Nation in cultural programs and teaching the arts. Frieda has established business in producing and selling her Salish Weavings. She’s now been weaving for over 30 years. One of her specialies is the Chief’s blanket, and she continues to have many requests. The blanket it generously used to blanket a new chief, or in honouring a chieg in a special ceremony.
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