Did you know that over forty, unique plant species are currently used in different California Indian baskets? When I think of this, I think of the importance of careful planning and tending and how our ancestors have done this since time immemorial. For many of us, December is a time for purposeful reflection and planning; reflection on what we have accomplished and planning for the next stage of our growth.
Our 2019 program year here at the California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA) was full of growth! During this past year, our organization supported and co-sponsored numerous basketweaving workshops and gatherings across the state of California including our 2019 Annual Basketweavers’ Gathering in Oroville, the Eastern Sierra Gathering in Bishop and numerous, small-scale workshops for groups such as the Indigenous Women’s Alliance at Mills College in Oakland. In addition to these gatherings and hands-on weaving workshops, CIBA supported a “pop-up” basketweaving demonstration and basketry display at the 57th Klamath Salmon Festival and presented on our organizations’ history at numerous events such as the Autry Indian Market in Los Angeles and the opening of the Crocker Museum’s “When I Remember I See Red” exhibit in Sacramento. We have also continued our work of advocating for the safety of our gatherers and their exposure to pesticides, presenting to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tribal Pesticide Program Council in Yakima, Washington.
This careful planning and effort has enabled our continued growth, supported new connections in our weaving community, and helped CIBA inspire our next generation of weavers. As one of our youth program participants recently stated at our 2019 Gathering, “Weaving connects me to my tribe, the land, and my elders.”
For nearly 30 years CIBA’s Board Members and staff have worked to carry out our vision, “To preserve, promote and perpetuate California Indian basketweaving traditions while providing a healthy physical, social, spiritual, and economic environment for basketweavers.” We at CIBA simply could not continue to engage in this vital work without our generous funders, partner agencies, support networks and individuals such as yourself. Please consider donating to CIBA during #givingtuesday, or as part of your end of year giving. We have a lot planned for 2020 and your gift—no matter the size—is deeply appreciated and will directly support our organization as we continue to work with California tribal communities!
We invite you to make a donation online at ciba-102614.square.site or at www.ciba.org. You may also call the CIBA office at 530.668.1332, to make a donation via phone, set up a recurring gift or to arrange a “gift in memory of.” Thank you for supporting CIBA!
No$uun Looviq (My Heart is Good),
Rebecca Tortes, MPA (Luiseño/Cahuilla/Assiniboine Sioux)