Campell River, Vancouver Island Museum Photo Gallery

Annie-(Pielle) Chapman

First Name: Annie
Last Name: (Pielle) Chapman
Lived: 1885 - ?
Nation: Klahoose
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Annie (Pielle) Chapman (left) and her sister Josephine.  Photo courtesy Rita Pimlott.
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Bio:

Annie Pielle, born in 1885, was the eldest of 6 children born to Martha (Timothy) and Billy Pielle.  Unlike her sister, basket maker Jeannie (Dominick) who made her home in the Klahoose  community of Tork (Squirrel Cove) where she grew up, Annie married a Japanese Canadian fishermen, Tom Chapman, whom she met while working in a cannery on the Fraser River.  Annie and Tom made their home in north Vancouver.  Annie maintained ties with her family, visiting whenever possible.

Stylistic Signatures:

Annie was known for her distinctive baskets, resembling the pine needle baskets from other areas.   Annie's neice, Rita Pimlott recalls that although they resembled the pine needle baskets in form and manufacture, Annie's baskets were made using cedar root rather than pine needles.  No other northern Coast Salish craftswoman is known to have made baskets of this type.