"Spruce roots to split!" says Native weaver Teri Rofkar as she hands out what look like packages of string cheese to students in the Math in Tlingit Art course Thursday at the University of Alaska Southeast. Actually, they are packages of string cheese. The students, who are classroom teachers, will practice splitting the firm tubes of cheese lengthwise, learning that the rounded outer portions match the part of the roots that would go on the outside of a basket, the "weft," and the straight-edged inner slices would serve as the upright "warp."
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