Indian Basket Weaving
View demonstrations led by master weavers, learn about plant preparation techniques, and see a wide variety of weaving styles.
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Santa Ynez Reservation, Tribal Hall, 100 Via Juana Ln, Santa Ynez
Age limit: Not available
Categories: Special Events
By preparing and weaving plant fibers using techniques handed down by their ancestors, Indians throughout California became world renown for creating beautiful, intricately crafted baskets in all shapes and sizes. To help preserve and highlight these rich traditions, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is is hosting the California Indian Basketweavers Association’s annual Gathering, which is open to the public on Saturday, June 23 at the Santa Ynez Reservation.
Historical accounts show that the Chumash were highly skilled weavers, creating different types of baskets for gathering, storing, preparing and serving food. Covering the inside of baskets with tar from local beaches became an efficient and inventive way of holding water without leaks. Today, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, along with other tribes, continue their heritage of weaving by participating in workshops and classes with help from CIBA to preserve and hone the skills that once flourished among their ancestors.
The CIBA Gathering originated in 1990 with a handful of weavers who feared that California Indian basketry traditions and practices were near extinction. Several were the sole remaining weavers from their tribal region. Today, CIBA has 900 members who are studying and teaching traditional basketry techniques while promoting environmental awareness and reintroduction of traditional land management practices. A featured element of the annual Gathering is the Basketweavers Showcase, an exhibit which features work completed by weavers over the previous year.
Overflow parking will be available at Santa Ynez High School, with a shuttle service running every 15 minutes. Admission is free.
Event posted June 13, 2012
Last updated June 22, 2012