Miwok-Paiute Basketry

September 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Yosemite National Park’s longest-tenured park employee, Julia Parker. Often described as a “national treasure” for ensuring the cultural legacy of the Miwok-Paiute people in Yosemite, Julia, along with her daughter, Lucy Parker, and granddaughter, Ursula Jones, will guide you through traditional basket-weaving techniques as you create your own unique basket. You will be immersed in Yosemite’s fascinating cultural history and hear the stories that have lived on through generations of families. This program begins Friday morning in Yosemite Valley and runs through Sunday afternoon.

All materials are provided, and you will take home your own beautiful handmade basket.

Experience package includes camping Sept. 25–29 at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Sept. 25–29. Information about upgrading your package will be available once you have registered. Click here to see a suggested packing list for this program.

Watch Julia Parker on CNN to learn more about this living legend and her important cultural contributions.

Hiking: Easy
Elevation: 4,000'
Experience package: $349
Leaders: Julia Parker, Lucy Parker and Ursula Jones
Guide

Julia Parker

JULIA PARKER has lived and worked in Yosemite for over fifty years where she is the park’s longest-tenured employee. As a “living legend”, Julia has dedicated her life to preserving and communicating traditional American Indian cultural history, inspiring visitors to be responsible environmental stewards. She has studied under master weavers and currently demonstrates basket weaving techniques at the Yosemite Museum. Her handiwork is highly sought after and several of her baskets are displayed in prominent museums and collections all over the world.

Guide

Lucy Parker

LUCY PARKER is descended from a long line of Yosemite cultural interpreters. Brought up in a traditional cradle basket, Lucy worked in the park as an Indian cultural demonstrator for many seasons. She has also performed living history at Bodie State Park, and demonstrated traditions of the Paiute people at the Lee Vining Visitor Center.