Bill James and Fran James

Bill James (American | Lummi, born 1944); Fran James (American | Lummi, born 1924, died 2013)

Late Lummi Nation elder and master weaver Fran James and her son, artist and Lummi Nation Chief Bill James, worked collaboratively to create traditional baskets and art objects. Fran James was inducted into the Northwest Women's Hall of Fame, and her artwork has been featured in exhibits at the Seattle Art Museum and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. Bill and Fran together were honored with the Peace and Friendship Award by the Washington State Capitol Museum in 1991. The Lummi Nation is of the Coast Salish group in Northwest Washington State.