YOSEMITE — One of the preeminent Native American basket makers and tribal elders in California will lead two workshops this fall on the subjects of basket weaving and native food preparation.
Julia Parker will take the helm for a pair of Yosemite Conservancy Experience Packages using the knowledge she’s gained as a respected elder and long-time cultural demonstrator in the park. Recently retired, the workshops present what may be a rare opportunity to join the artist, teacher and story teller on a multi-day journey through American-Indian traditions in Yosemite Valley.
A Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo basket weaver, Julia Parker has studied with some of the leading indigenous Californian basketweavers of the 20th century.
Described as a “national treasure” by Yosemite Conservancy and others for ensuring the legacy of the Miwok-Paiute in the area, Julia and her daughter Lucy will share stories passed down through generations, and participants will learn about Yosemite through a native lens.
Throughout, the Parkers lend a deep understanding of native plants and natural resources. One experience takes participants through all the steps to create a hand-woven basket using traditional techniques. Another experience offers the chance to learn how to gather and grind acorns for a traditional Miwok meal.