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Name Gold, Patricia Courtney
Dates & places of birth and death b. 1939 Warm Springs, Oregon
Nationality American (Northwest)
Biography Pat Courtney Gold grew up on the Warm Springs Reservation in the mid-Columbia River area of Central Oregon. When visiting local museums, her mother, an accomplished beadworker would point to the displays and say with pride, "Those are our baskets; our ancestors made these." In her youth Pat was taken off to a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school where her hair was cut and she was made to wear a standard issue oversized dress. She went on to earn a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Whitman College and she embarked on a career as a mathematician and computer specialist. In 1991, she studied and helped revive the making of Wasco sally bags, twined root-digging bags, through the Oregon Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. This launched her on a new career path dedicated to the preservation of her cultural heritage. She says, "As I began focusing more on my weaving, I also became aware that the technical technique was only a small facet of what I was doing. The other component was that I was dealing with a whole ancestral heritage. I felt as though the ancestors were waiting for somebody like me to come forward and that all this energy was being focused and funneled through me." Today Pat Courtney Gold is recognized internationally as an exquisite weaver who incorporates designs that express the cultural life of her people, not only traditional images but also figures that comment on contemporary life such as yuppie Indians and local environmental degradation

Associated Records

Image of 2000.002 - Gold, Patricia Courtney

2000.002 - Gold, Patricia Courtney

Wasco-style "Sally" bag of black and tan fibers using the traditional weaving technique of full-twine. Design is intricate and interlocking "diamond-like" enclosing geometric faces. The top inch and bottom inch are twilled. A small flat glass bead, etched with tiny stars is sewn to the top twill at the inside of the basket.

Image of 2007.012 - Gold, Patricia Courtney

2007.012 - Gold, Patricia Courtney

Dark yellow twine bag, woven, red geometric designs; rectangular; woven strap; zipper; red design of figure and deer on reverse; green cotton-polyester lining; interior prockets; tassles (knotted) on both sides where the strap meets the bag.

Image of 2015.013 - Gold, Patricia Courtney

2015.013 - Gold, Patricia Courtney

Abstract print with a vertical line of dark blue triangles against a teal and white background.