Laura Wong-Whitebear is dedicated to utilizing and preserving traditional basket-weaving knowledge and has chosen an apprentice with the same commitment.
Miller follows what was passed to him by his tribal elders. He teaches the Tuwaduq (Skokomish) words that correspond with the artwork that his students create as well as the traditional practices that go along with crafting the art. He wants those he teaches to also pass on this traditional knowledge and in doing so, this generation may become the advisors and leaders of the Skokomish and Chehalis people in the future.
This rigorous training program empowers young Native filmmakers while addressing the pressing social issue of climate change; their films documenting elders’ views and responses within tribal communities.