May 8, 2013

FVCC Fulbright Scholar to Teach Traditional Maori Fish Trap Making Course at FVCC

Karl Leonard
Karl Leonard

Flathead Valley Community College Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard of Ngongotahā, Rotoru, New Zealand, will teach a three-day basic introduction course in the Maori art of hinaki (fish trap) weaving this summer.

During the course, students will produce one or two fish traps which may be for practical or artistic use.  The traps will be woven using red osier dogwood and twine, which will be provided.

Through a Fulbright Foundation grant awarded to FVCC, the college has hosted Leonard for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.  Leonard holds a master’s degree in Maori language and management and brings a lifetime of experience in traditional Maori art forms including weaving, carving, and dance.  This course will offer the last opportunity for the community to take a course from Leonard before he returns to New Zealand.

The non-credit course will take place June 3 through 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the cost to enroll is $94. Preregistration is required to participate in the course, but students are not required to have any previous weaving experience.  For more information or to register, visit or call the FVCC Continuing Education Center at 756-3832.