Yosemite Miwok-Paiute Basketry Workshop

Yosemite Miwok-Paiute Basketry Workshop

Julia Parker, Yosemite’s cultural legend, teaches a one-of-a-kind workshop on basket-weaving.
September 27, 2019 to September 29, 2019

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from a cultural icon! Julia Parker is often described as a “national treasure” for ensuring the legacy of the Miwok-Paiute people in Yosemite, by spending more than 60 years as a cultural demonstrator in the park. This workshop gives you the unique chance to spend three days learning from Julia, her daughter and granddaughter, as they guide you through traditional basket-weaving techniques and share stories that have lived on through generations of families. All materials are provided, and you will take home your own beautiful handmade basket.

Included with your registration:

  • Three full days of basket-weaving, Friday through Sunday starting at 9 am until around 4 pm each day. Ending a little earlier on Sunday.
  • All basket-weaving materials are included; you will need to bring important tools and equipment.
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (arriving September 26 and departing September 30) at Upper Pines Campground. Tent camping only.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. Information about upgrading your accommodation to stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

Experience Level: Any.
Hiking: None.
Elevation: 4,000 feet.
Registration price: $429
View a suggested packing list.
Julia Parker, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide and basket weaver

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.

Lucy Parker, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide and basket weaver

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.