Traditional Native Basket Weaving Demonstration with Clint McKay (Wappo/Dry Creek Pomo) and Lucy McKay (Sierra Miwok and Dry Creek Pomo, 12:30-2:30pm as part of the 10am-3pm Open House. Free. Followed by a 3:00pm slide presentation by Clint McKay about Traditional Native Basket Weaving ($10 at the door, details below)
The Roots of Beauty: The Complex Tradition of Native Basket Weaving
Presentation with Clint McKay (Wappo/Dry Creek Pomo/Wintu)
Saturday February 14, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.
Around the Laguna and elsewhere, baskets traditionally have been used to collect, clean, store and prepare food, as well as for catching fish, trapping birds and a variety of other needs. Basket weaving is part of daily family and tribal life, and carries a strong spiritual connection between Native Americans and nature. Basket weaving is a lifelong endeavor, often starting in childhood, and takes a long time to master. “We say it takes a lifetime,” said Clint McKay of Forestville, president of the California Indian Basketweavers Association and an enrolled member of the Dry Creek Pomo, Wappo, and Wintu tribes. Join us for this special presentation after our regular Second Saturday of the Month Open House (details below) where Clint and his wife will be demonstrating traditional basket weaving from 12:30-2:30pm.
Second Saturday of the Month Laguna Environmental Center Open Houses 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free (donations appreciated)
Open House (10am-3pm) Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and historic Stone Farm by taking a guide-led tour or exploring a variety of hands-on activities. Birdwatch from the observation deck. Stop by for a visit and take in the beautiful views. Bring a picnic! Enjoy our gift shop in Great Blue Heron Hall and a new art exhibit "Celebrating the Wild" of Molly Eckler paintings and illustrations (on display through April 27). Keep an eye on our monthly schedule, as we offer special themes for some Open Houses. This is a working farm, so please leave your pets at home. The site is wheelchair accessible. No RSVP necessary. Come join us!