TENDING THE WILD – THE WORKSHOP
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday October 25 or Sunday October 26
Pepperwood Preserve/ 3450 Franz Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95472
Enrollment is limited/pre-registration required.
Master Weavers from California tribes will share stories of their journeys as basketry artists and their unique relationship with the natural environment at Tending the Wild – The Workshop at Pepperwood Preserve in Sonoma County. The one day presentation runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be offered on Saturday October 25 or Sunday October 26.
The event is designed to provide insights into this one of California’s oldest art traditions. Presenters will discuss the concept of Indigenous Stewardship Methods (ISM) that reflects traditional Native perspectives of land management, including the advantages of periodic burning.
Workshop participants will have an opportunity to learn about and work with the plant fibers California Indian basket weavers use. Attendees will identify, clean, trim and split fibers from juncas, sedge, willow, bracken fern root and redbud. They will also be introduced to special instruments that can analyze historic hand-crafted baskets.
Highlights include presentations by M. Kat Anderson, ethno-botanist and author of the book “Tending the Wild”. Ben Benson, Native Studies educator and Pepperwood Preserve’s Cultural Resources Manager will also participate in the day long program.
The non-profit California Basketweavers’ Association (CIBA), established in 1992 has approximately 1,000 members statewide and provides opportunities for weavers to convene, learn, exchange information and showcase their work.
Advance registration is required as enrollment is limited. Saturday or Sunday tickets (includes lunch): $60 general, $50 CIBA members, or $40 students currently enrolled at a local university or college. Registration details: www.http://ciba.org.