An interactive exhibition exploring the history and art of baskets and basket making, is currently on display in the Randall Museum’s newly re-designed lobby. The exhibit is curated in partnership with Julia Parker, a Native Californian basket maker, teacher, and storyteller along with three generations of her family of weavers. The display includes examples of the Parkers’ own work along with baskets from the Randall Museum’s collection. Visitors will be able to view traditional baskets created by Native Americans and have the opportunity to try out simple basket making techniques at hands-on weaving stations
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 prepping of 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 items to be displayed in the exhibit along with some baskets from their own collection. The baskets are interpreted for visitors using the Parkers’ own words, providing firsthand knowledge about native baskets, describing the varied forms and functions, along with the many uses and traditions.
Designed for visitors of all ages, this innovative new exhibition explores the rich history of basket making in California with beautiful artifacts, unique insights from a family of Native Californian weavers, and opportunities for hands-on learning.
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