Baskets and Babies: Honoring California Indian Woven Knowledge – Full Day Workshop

Honoring California Indian Woven Knowledge: A Full Day Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshop, Oct. 17.

The weaving of baskets represents the journey through life. As the weaver interlaces strands, they pray, reflecting on the interconnectedness of all life. This is what gives a basket strength. Join us for a day of celebrating California Indian basket makers and the traditional ecological knowledge for protecting all life that is woven into them. In this day-long workshop, participants will learn how to make their own basket, start to finish. Throughout the day, California Indian knowledge bearers will share the significance of weaving, the baby basket and cradleboard revitalization movement, and traditional child-raising methods. This event takes place outdoors, down by the ocean at McNears Beach Park just 15 minutes from the conference grounds. 

We will provide a light breakfast and fully-catered Indigenous foods lunch.

Leah Mata-Fragua, Sage LaPena, Cutcha Risling Baldy, L Frank Manriquez, Edward Willie, Ruby Chimerica, Alice Lincoln-Cook, Verna Reece, Shelbey Cook, Denna Dodds, Heidi Lucero, Rebecca Tortes and Sarah Ryan.

Location: Site 7, McNears Beach, San Rafael, CA. 
Price: $195, includes lunch & transport.
Shuttle leaves Embassy Suites in San Rafael, CA at 8:15 a.m.

October 17th | 8:15 am to 4:30 pm




Leah Mata-Fragua
Adjunct Professor
Institute of American Indian Arts
Sage LaPena
Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cutcha Risling Baldy
Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Native American Studies
Humboldt State
L Frank Manriquez

Native California Indian Artist
Edward Willie
Native Ecologist, Artist
Ruby Chimerica

Third Mesa village
Alice Lincoln-Cook
Board Member
California Basket Weavers Association
Verna Reece
Founding Member
California Indian Basketweavers Association
Heidi Lucero
Indigenous Anthropologist
Rebecca Tortes
Executive Director
California Indian Basketweavers’ Association
Sarah Ryan
Environmental Director
Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians
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