This is Abe Sanchez’ Yokuts-style basket using redbud and bracken fern for the design elements, and sedge root as the predominant coiling material. He uses deergrass as the foundation for the basket.
Abe is teaching a basketweaving class this weekend at the Agua Caliente Cultural Center in Palm Springs. See post above titled Gathering Juncus. Marian Walkingstick, Acjachemen elder and basketweaver, will be assisting with the class.
Abe and Marian’s generosity and willingness to share what they know with others and their dedication to the revitalization of indigenous cultural practices are quite extraordinary.
On November 7-8, Abe is once again hosting basketweavers from the Seri/Comca’ac Women’s Artisans Cooperative from Desemboque and Punta Chueca on the Sea of Cortez in Sonora, Mexico. They will be showing their work at the Autry’s Intertribal Arts 2009 Marketplace in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Seri artists are renowned for their ironwood carvings, such as the hummingbird below.