4 Generations of Native California Basket Makers at the Randall Museum in S.F.

The Randall Museum’s display of Native Californian-made baskets demonstrates the history and art of crafting baskets.

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Randall Museum

(SAN FRANCISCO, July 30, 2018) The Randall Museum is proud to announce a special weekend of events celebrating its current lobby exhibit, A Tradition of Making: Californian Native Basketry, Sept. 14-16, featuring legendary basket maker, teacher and storyteller Julia Parker and her family of weavers.

The celebration kicks off Friday, Sept. 14 with An Evening with the Parkers. A special reception at 6:30pm is followed by a lively panel discussion with four generations of the Parker family. The weekend continues with hands-on weaving workshops for both children and adults led by the Parkers on Saturday and Sunday. To register for the events or to find out more please visit www.randallmuseum.org or call (415) 554-9600.

The Randall Museum’s display of Native Californian-made baskets demonstrates the history and art of baskets and basket making. The exhibition was curated by Parker, an elder of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, together with three generations of her family. The display includes examples of the Parkers’ own work along with baskets from the Randall Museum’s collection.

“This is a prized opportunity to learn from some of the most important and talented Native basket makers of our time while admiring an incredible historical collection of this beautiful art form,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of San Francisco Recreation and Parks.

The Parker family lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and has passed down the fine art of basket making for generations. Today, members of the family continue to teach weaving techniques and share their tradition of tending, gathering and preparing the plants from which the baskets are made. Working with the Randall Museum staff, the Parkers examined the museum’s collection of native baskets and carefully selected work to be displayed in the exhibit alongside baskets from their own collection.

In appreciation of the Parkers’ contribution, the Randall Museum invited them for a special three-day celebration. For Friday’s Evening with the Parkers, Master basket maker Julia Parker will be joined by her daughter Lucy Parker, her granddaughter Ursula Min-ne-ah Jones, and great-granddaughter Naomi Kashaya Jones in a free ranging conversation moderated by textile artist and scholar Deborah Valoma. The Parkers will explain how they selected the baskets for the exhibition and discuss the varied forms, materials, and functions, along with many of the techniques and traditions associated with these baskets.

The weekend continues with hands-on weaving workshops led by the Parkers. The Saturday morning workshop will provide an opportunity for families with children to learn how to make a small toy using time-honored basketry techniques. The Parkers will share Native California stories and songs, and teach some traditional games.

Culminating the celebration with the Parkers is a two-day weaving workshop for adults. Together with her daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter, Julia Parker will lead an intimate workshop demonstrating techniques and sharing traditional wisdom. This is a rare chance for weavers and makers of all levels to work with and learn from four generations of Native Californian master basket makers.

The Randall Museum is a facility of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, established in 1937 and in operation at its present site since 1951. The museum offers youth and adults opportunities for active involvement and recreation in an integrated program of arts and sciences. Focusing on the cultures and environment of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Randall strives to inspire creativity, curiosity, and an appreciation of the world around us. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, admission is free.

Calendar listings for the weekend’s events follow.

For further information about the Randall Museum the public may call (415) 554-9600 or visit the museum’s web site at www.randallmuseum.org.

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CALENDAR LISTING: EVENTS/LECTURES/EXHIBITS
An Evening with the Parkers – A Family of Master Weavers
Friday, September 14, 2018

Join an evening of lively conversation with the legendary Parker Family. Master basket maker Julia Parker, a recognized “national treasure”, is a distinguished elder of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and longtime resident and cultural educator in the Yosemite Valley. Parker is a prolific artist, teacher and storyteller. She will be joined by her daughter Lucy Parker, her granddaughter Ursula Min-ne-ah Jones, and great-granddaughter Naomi Kashaya Jones in a free ranging conversation moderated by textile artist and scholar Deborah Valoma. The Parkers will discuss how they selected the baskets for the Randall’s current exhibit, A Tradition of Making: California Native Basketry and tell the stories revealed by those baskets, while sharing cultural wisdom connected to the lives and traditions of their ancestors. The knowledge and body of work represented by this family of weavers confirms that Native basketry is a thriving, ever-changing art form that continues to inform and inspire new generations of makers.

When: 6:30 pm Friday, September 14, 2018
6:30 - 7 pm Reception and Refreshments; 7 - 8:15 pm Discussion

Where: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA
Randall Museum is a facility of the SF Recreation & Park Dept.

Cost: FREE; $15 Suggested Donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Preregistration is Required:
https://www.randallmuseum.org/randall-museum-events/celebrate-making/

Info: (415) 554-9600 or www.randallmuseum.org

CALENDAR LISTING: KIDS/FAMILIES/WORKSHOPS
Family Weaving Workshop with the Parkers
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Explore Native California traditions with your child and weave a toy together! Working directly with a family of master weavers, you’ll learn how to make a small toy using time-honored basketry techniques. Along the way, you’ll listen to Native California stories and songs, and learn some traditional games. The Parkers especially love teaching children. “They’re the future teachers of Indian Basket weaving,” says Julia Parker.

When: 10 am - 12 pm, Saturday, September 15, 2018

Where: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA
Randall Museum is a facility of the SF Recreation & Park Dept.

Ages: 5 – 8, with a participating adult

Cost: $40 (includes one child with one adult and all materials)

Class Limit: 20 / Preregistration is Required:
https://www.randallmuseum.org/randall-museum-events/celebrate-making/

Info: (415) 554-9600 or www.randallmuseum.org

CALENDAR LISTING: ARTS & CRAFTS/WORKSHOPS
Traditional Native Basket Weaving with the Parkers - 2-Day Adult Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018

Do not miss this special opportunity to learn traditional basket weaving techniques from four generations of master weavers. Julia Parker is a master basket maker of the Coast Miwok and Kashaya Pomo tribes. Together with her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter, Julia Parker will lead an intimate workshop demonstrating techniques and sharing traditional wisdom. As Julia Parker says “Teaching students to weave is not only sharing a sacred skill, but also connecting them in a magical way to history and the environment. Basket weavers also learn great respect for the materials they use, for it is the fiber and not the weaver that makes beautiful baskets.” All materials and Sunday lunch included, and you will take home your own beautiful handmade basket.

When: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 am – 4 pm, Sunday, September 16, 2018

Where: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA
Randall Museum is a facility of the SF Recreation & Park Dept.

Ages: 16+

Cost: $275 (includes all materials)

Class Limit: 20 / Preregistration is Required:
https://www.randallmuseum.org/randall-museum-events/celebrate-making/

Info: (415) 554-9600 or www.randallmuseum.org

CALENDAR LISTING: EXHIBITS
A Tradition of Making: Californian Native Basketry

The Randall Museum‘s current lobby exhibit explores the history and art of baskets and basket making in California, with beautiful artifacts, unique insights from a family of Native Californian master weavers, and weaving stations for hands-on learning.

When: On Display NOW
Museum Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays

Where: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA
Randall Museum is a facility of the SF Recreation & Park Dept.

Cost: Admission is FREE

Info: (415) 554-9600 or www.randallmuseum.org

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