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Tulalip Grads Gifted Woven Cedar Mortarboards

More than 100 Tulalip graduates were celebrated at a banquet in June, and each was given a hand woven cedar mortarboard.
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The graduates came from different high schools and universities, and were headed in different directions, but had one thing in common, they were all Tulalip tribal members. They numbered more than 100, and were celebrated at a banquet in June at the Tulalip Resort Casino ballroom, reported The Daily Herald.

As each graduate was honored individually a handcrafted graduation cap woven out of cedar was placed on their head. “This is the first time that they have all had woven hats,” tribal member Judy Gobin, 60, told The Daily Herald. She and her daughter, Toni Jo Gobin, spent months weaving the caps.

“It’s been kind of a dream of mine,” Judy, who is recording secretary for the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors, told the Herald. That dream started when Judy read about a school in Canada where a weaver made hats for kindergartners.

The tribe needed 105 caps so all the graduates would have one. The Gobins started weaving the caps in February. The process of making the caps began last summer when they started gathering cedar.

“They’re woven of western red cedar we gather ourselves from the forest,” Judy told the Herald. “It's like firewood when you cut it yourself. You have to let it season. I let it season about nine months.”

The hats each take about five hours to make, and were lined with muslin so they were more comfortable.

Read the full story at HeraldNet.com.