MARCH 21, 1914


Born on the Chehalis Indian Reservation, Hazel learned to weave baskets at age 5 by watching her grandmother.  She later attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.  Pete developed a technique of making double-layered baskets with woven cedar bark on the inside and dried grass on the outside.  Named a master artist in 1994 by the Washington State Arts Commission Folk Arts Program, she served on the faculty at Evergreen State College.  In 1997, her image was added to the Clocktower Project at Centralia Community College, and in 2001 she received the Governor’s Heritage Arts Award.  Yet, her most important art contribution was in keeping knowledge of basket making alive.  Hazel also focused on Native American education and taught the Chehalis language.  Hazel, herself, earned a master’s degree in education in her 60s and founded a basketry institute on the Chehalis reservation.  She died on January 2, 2003 at her home near Oakville, Grays Harbor County, Washington.

Source:  Bradley Meacham, “Hazel Pete revived interest in art of basket weaving,” The Seattle Times, 1/6/2003.  Retrieved 6/25/2019,
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