Precious Cargo: Childbirth and Cradle Baskets in California Indian Culture

Now through June 1, 2014

Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa describes Precious Cargo exhibit of  Natvie cradles this way, “California Indian people have relied on cradle baskets for centuries to protect their children and also to play a role in shaping a child’s character and directing his or her future.  The basket becomes a vehicle for the community’s most serious views concerning health and one’s relationship with the world.  This exhibition is on loan from the Museum of the American Indian in Novato.”

College of Marin Community Education is offering a course on California Indian Baskets.  Instructors are Ralph Shanks, author of two books on California baskets, Lisa Woo Shanks, co-author and Robert Brewer.  After an introduction students will be divided into groups for direct experiences from baskets from several California native groups.  A Pomo cradle similar to one illustrated by Sonoma County Museum will be among the baskets to be seen in person, not on static display.

Search College of Marin courses for:  CULT 9654A – California Indian BasketsCE01/25/14-01/25/14S10:00-12:00KTDSMN 106CLAS

Register soon for a rare, direct experience with rarely-seen California Indian baskets






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About Robert Brewer

I became interested in Native American cultures through participation in the Order of the Arrow service organization of the Boy Scouts in the 1950's, as many boys of my generation. I met Ralph Shanks in the 1960's at U C Berkeley and met Lawrence Dawson of the then Lowie Museum. Larry was very kind in teaching us part of his great knowledge of California native material culture, especially basketry. Ralph continued to learn from Larry throughout Larry's life. I pursued collecting California baskets and re-connected with Ralph after seeing the publication of his first basket book. I was invited to join the MAPOM Board when we returned to the Bay Area in 2013.

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