Peggy Shelden’s passion to preserve and promote tribal basketry led her to found the Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers Association, incorporated in 2001. This brought her to the attention of the University of Michigan Indian Studies/Cultural Program who asked her to consult with them and find participants for the Carriers of Culture program. As part of the national curatorial advisory group. She was an artist, demonstrator and presenter at the 2006 Smithsonain Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. with other Native American basketweavers. She continues to give artist talks, participate in art shows, and teach at universities and museums.