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Julia Parker (Coast Miwok/Kashaya Pomo)
Traditional Basketry from a Place of Beauty

Julia Parker works in Yosemite National Park in California.  But to her, it is more than a park and her work is more than just a job. When Julia married, although born Kashaya Pomo, she was accepted into the tribes of her husband's family.  She first learned basketry from her husband's grandmother, Lucy Telles. The area of Yosemite is the homeland of Lucy's people, the Sierra Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute tribes.  Julia's work is to demonstrate and teach the basketry traditional to all these groups of California natives.

Julia is a master at this type of basketry.  She shared her work and knowledge of traditional cultures during her week at the Eiteljorg Museum.  As with many forms of traditional basketry, the creation of the basket begins with gathering and preparing the natural materials used.  And in her generous manner, she took visitors all through the phases of making her beautiful baskets.

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Julia Parker's residency was supported by grants from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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