Omaha/Nez Perce weaver Jenny Williams will speak and give a demonstration of Nez Perce cornhusk weaving at the Washington State University Museum of Anthropology in College Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. This event is free and open to everyone.

Cornhusk weaving was common throughout the Columbia River Plateau and was used to make hats, bags and pouches. Nearly vanishing by the middle of the 20th century, it has been up to artists like Williams to preserve this ancient art form and its associated cultural heritage.

Williams, of Lapwai, Idaho, is self-taught, and her work has been featured at the Northwest Weavers’ Conference and in the Smithsonian’s “American Indian” magazine (January 2003). One of her pieces, a child’s cornhusk hat, is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.