Basket Maker Bios
Rosalia Gutterriez Paul Charlie
1868 – 1943
Rosie Charlie was Lawrence Hope’s grandmother. Rosalia began her life as the child of a Mexican packtrainer called Gutterriez, in Spuzzum about 1868, along with another sister named Maria.
Rosie’s mother Susan Kalalse eventually gave up on the absent packer, and married Chief James Paul Xixné of Spuzzum, who adopted Rose and Maria as daughters after the marriage. Susan and Chief Paul gave them three more siblings; Mary (Mali), Marion, and Edward, as well as two older half brothers, one who became Chief Henry James, and one called David Peykawtkn, who died as a young man in North Bend.
Rosie was recorded in various documents by the names Rose Gutterriez, Rosalia, Rosie Paul, Rose Charlie, and Rosie Charlie. Though her marriage record lists her as Rose Gutterriez, her death record lists her father as Chief James Paul, who was her stepfather.
Rosie gave birth to Lena Charlie in 1902, by Charlie of North Bend. In 1905 she had a daughter, Gladys, by Harry James of Lytton. Lena eventually married Alfred Hope of Yale in 1917. I don’t know what happened to Gladys.
Rose Gutterriez Paul married Chief Jimmy Charlie (1863-1943) of Yale. Their Catholic record shows that they were married in Spuzzum in (unknown date, perhaps 1918). They lived on the north side of Yale Creek where the Charlie’s have always lived, by Mary Ann Creek.
Rosie has no less than seven beautiful baskets on display in the Yale Museum, and at least one in the Langley Centennial Museum. Throughout her life Rosie passed on the fine Spuzzum basketry to her daughters, granddaughters and nieces. One large basket may be on display in the Vancouver Museum.
Rosie Charlie was admitted to Coqualeetza Indian Hospital in Sardis, and later died there of pulmonary tuberculosis on June 4th, 1943. She was buried in the Seabird Island Cemetery. Her husband Chief Jimmy also died in 1943, and was buried beside her.