The Desert Institute and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society announce the first lecture of a series of ten monthly lectures, “Native Masterpiece Baskets | Weavers, Art, & Technology” with author, Alan Garfinkel. The lecture will be held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum 6760 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms at 7 pm and admission is $5.00.
Join author Alan Garfinkel for a discussion on his book, “Native Masterpiece Baskets | Weavers, Art, & Technology.” While basket weaving using natural reeds, plants, and fibers is a worldwide craft, the North American Indian tribes produced many of the finest baskets. And of these, the ones woven by several of the tribes located in Central California and Western Nevada during the time period 1895 or so to about 1940, by which time the major weavers had passed away or ceased weaving, are considered perhaps the best of the best, true art masterpieces with both artistic as well as symbolic markings.
In this presentation, Alan Garfinkel will discuss many of these wonderful baskets and celebrate the truly outstanding artisans who created them. He also wishes to pay tribute to many of the weavers whose identity is unknown but whose pictures appear in many articles about native weavers, and also identify beautiful baskets from the same period, but whose weaver is unknown. The book contains about 450 color basket images and approximately 250 vintage photographs of the weavers, many of whom are holding the very baskets we have illustrated.
Alan P. Garfinkel is a noted scholar principally recognized as an anthropologist/archaeologist known worldwide for his work with indigenous people and his studies of Native American religion, world view, and art in California, the Great Basin, American Southwest, and Mesoamerica. He has authored 16 books and published over 100 scientific articles in various academic journals.
Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this in-person lecture is held on Friday, September 10 at 7 pm. The fee for the presentation is $5.00 paid at the door.
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