Weaving Memories and Laguna Stories – August 29, 2017

Weaving Memories and Laguna Stories: Reflections on Learning to Weave Baskets with Local Elders and on Sustaining the Tradition Today
Laguna Environmental Center
Thursday, September 7th, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Join us to hear Clint McKay reflect on his early memories of learning basket-weaving traditions, native plants, and other wisdom from his elders in the Sebastopol Laguna area. Through stories and personal experiences Clint McKay will reflect on the gifts, spiritual lessons, and weaving traditions he learned from weavers like Mabel McKay, Laura Somersal, and other Pomo and Wappo elders. Today, Clint and Lucy McKay gather plants and regularly sit and weave with family members in order to pass basket weaving traditions on to their children and grandchildren. Their native languages are spoken in their home on a daily basis. Clint will conclude with reflections on current native weaving and the strength of weaving traditions in our area today.

Beginning at 6:00pm, Clint and his wife Lucy will host a display table and provide a weaving demonstration using native plants as well as sample baskets in progress. Guests are welcome to arrive early to the presentation to join in the informal conversation.

In recent years, Clint McKay has served as the President of the California Indian Basket Weavers Association (CIBA) and along with his wife Lucky McKay (Pomo/Sierra Miwok) has demonstrated weaving with traditional plants in settings like the Oakland Museum, the Autry Museum, Pepperwood Preserve, and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

$10 (non-refundable).
Pre-registration required

Heron Hall
Laguna Environmental Center
900 Sanford Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 527-9277

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