Event Archives: Past Events at the Randall Museum
Three Days with the Parker Family: 4 Generations of Native California Basket Makers
Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
An Evening with the Parkers
Join us for an evening of lively conversation with the legendary Parker Family. Master basket maker Julia Parker, a recognized “national treasure”, is a distinguished elder of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and long time resident and cultural educator in the Yosemite Valley. Parker is a prolific artist, teacher and storyteller. She will be joined by her daughter Lucy Parker, her granddaughter Ursula Min-ne-ah Jones, and great-granddaughter Naomi Kashaya Jones in a free ranging conversation moderated by textile artist and scholar Deborah Valoma. The Parkers will discuss how they selected the baskets for our current exhibit, A Tradition of Making: California Native Basketry and tell the stories revealed by those baskets, while sharing cultural wisdom connected to the lives and traditions of their ancestors. The knowledge and body of work represented by this family of weavers confirms that Native basketry is a thriving, ever-changing art form that continues to inform and inspire new generations of makers.
- Friday, September 14
Reception and refreshments: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
- Discussion: 7:00 – 8:15 pm
Wine for this event generously donated by Cole Hardware.
- $15 suggested donation per person,
no one turned away due to lack of funds.
Pre-registration is required.
Family Weaving Workshop with the Parkers
Explore Native California traditions with your young child and weave a toy together! Working directly with a family of master weavers, you’ll learn how to make a small toy using time-honored basketry techniques. Along the way, you’ll listen to Native California stories and songs, and learn some traditional games. The Parkers especially love teaching children. “They’re the future teachers of Indian Basket weaving,” says Julia Parker.
Traditional Native Basket Weaving with the Parkers
Two-Day Adult Workshop
Do not miss this special opportunity to learn traditional basket weaving techniques from four generations of master weavers. Julia Parker is a master basket maker of the Coast Miwok and Kashaya Pomo tribes. Together with her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter, Julia Parker will lead an intimate workshop demonstrating techniques and sharing traditional wisdom. As Julia Parker says “Teaching students to weave is not only sharing a sacred skill, but also connecting them in a magical way to history and the environment. Basket weavers also learn great respect for the materials they use, for it is the fiber and not the weaver that makes beautiful baskets.” All materials and Sunday lunch included, and you will take home your own beautiful handmade basket.
- Saturday September 15, 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, September 16, 10:00 – 4:00pm
- $275.00 – includes all materials and lunch on Sunday.
Pre-registration is required.
- Class Limit: