On October 28, 2019, the Heard Museum opened the exhibition “David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry.” Coinciding with this exhibition, this Short Course will explore the ancient art of basketry, especially by the American Indians who live in northern and central California, near Yosemite. You will hear from Lucy Parker (Pomo), who is part of a long-established basket-making family; and Jennifer Bates, a master basket weaver, who will talk about weaving in her area. Well-known weaver Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham) will talk about basketry from southern Arizona and the different techniques between California and Arizona baskets. Changing weather, brush fires, pesticides, and other things all affect the materials the weavers use, and we will hear about the effects of these and what this means for the future of American Indian basketry.
The course runs for three Saturdays, January 11, 18, and 25, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Steele Auditorium. Cost is $45.