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Nakia Zavalla: Chumash Tribe welcomes Indian basketweavers

"Up and down California, the art of weaving Native American baskets isn’t just alive and well. It’s thriving.

Tribal elders and others are handing down the skills they learned from the previous generations to the next. In other cases, individuals and groups are reviving the art of making their tribe’s traditional baskets.

Like native languages, traditional arts had to endure the long decades that saw efforts to try to stamp out tribal cultures in the state.

But today it’s a different story.

That story of the survival — and renaissance — of the art of native basketry will be on display next month in the Santa Ynez Valley."

Get the Story:
Nakia Zavalla: Tribe to host basket weavers’ state gathering (The Solvang Valley News 5/10)

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