Pat Pelfrey presented a program on Native American Basketry to the New Echota Chapter Daughters of Indian Wars, Keetoowah Chapter Daughters of the American Colonists and the Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter Daughters of 1812, and will present a program to the Daughters of Colonial Wars at the end of the month.
Ms. Pelfrey is a member of these lineage societies, as well as the Chief John Ross Chapter of the NSDAR, and is currently president of the 1812 Chapter. Her basket collection was acquired mostly while traveling and from collectors like herself. The collection ranges from an Eskimo Birch Bark basket, several Cherokee baskets, Hopi, Papago, Seminole, Micmac and Passamaquoddy baskets. Her most intricate basket is a tiny Pima basket woven entirely of horsehair.
The Daughters of Indian Wars is made up of women, 16 and older who are lineal descendants of a Native or Immigrant American ancestor who participated in any capacity in actual hostilities, one against the other, or in any other activity with each other, during the period May 14, 1607 to 1900. There are 16 specific Indian Wars to be considered as well as passive activities such as Missionaries to the Indians, Interpreters, Teachers, Trader/Agent, Mayflower descendant or provider of Settler protection.
Daughters of Indian Wars may be from the United States of America, Dominion of Canada, or Mexico. For more information, contact www.csdiw.org.