The Old Schoolhouse Museum & The Desert Institute
Present the first lecture of the...
Second Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series
Friday, September 10, 2021
"Native Masterpiece Baskets | Weavers, Art, & Technology"
by Alan Garfinkel, Author.
The lecture will be held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum 6760 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms at 7 pm and admission is $5.00.
NOTE: Masks will be required for all attendees and social distancing measures will be in effect.
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.
Time – Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Lectures begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
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One With The Creosote – Memories of a Desert Child
With a blending of poetic imagery and journalistic prose, writer Chris Tiffany reflects on her childhood growing up on the Mojave Desert during the '50s and '60s, to reveal the origins of an interwoven connection to the natural world around her and its influence on her life's paths and perspectives.
Tiffany, a Santa Ynez Valley resident who grew up in Twentynine Palms, is daughter of the late Joe and Margot Spangenberg, who moved their family from San Pedro, California, to Twentynine Palms in 1953. The Oasis of Mara, at the northern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, was her childhood playground.
Since age 10, Tiffany has kept personal diaries and journals, and credits her writing talent to her mother, who worked as a reporter for The Desert Trail for many years.
A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Tiffany is a former director of the Santa Ynez Valley Family School, whose curriculum encourages exploration of the surrounding Los Padres National Forest as an extension of the classroom.
A 40-year resident of the Santa Ynez Valley, she is a past editor of the Women's Environmental Watch newsletter, and served as the initial publicist and program coordinator for Arts Outreach for many years.
She continues to enjoy frequent retreats to her cabin on the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park.
Willie Boy & The Last Western Manhunt
By Clifford E Trafzer
The saga of Willie Boy has survived over one hundred years and the captivating story remains alive today. American Indians throughout Southern California, the American Southwest, and Great Basin remember the story well. Willie Boy’s pursuit of redemption, his attempt to become culturally whole again, reflects a tragic journey that still resonates today, over a hundred years on from the deaths of William Mike and Carlota. In his journey to survive, Willie Boy challenged numerous lawmen eager to capture or kill him, prompting the posse, press, and citizens to demonize Willie Boy.
Clifford E. Trafzer is a Distinguished Professor of History and Costo Chair of Amerian Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside. He has published A Chemehuevi Song, Fighting Invisible Enemies, Strong Hearts & Healing Hands, and Shadows of Sherman Institute.
Remember Our Gift Shop When Looking For That Special Gift
You'll find Howard Pierce ceramics, sun purple glass, things made by local artists and craftspeople, and books and items of local interest in our gift shop. Be sure to stop by and do your shopping.
We're open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Engraved Commemorative Bricks
Reserve yourself a place in history and help support the museum by purchasing an engraved brick.
Over the years many of our members and supporters have purchased Engraved Commemorative Bricks. The proceeds of these brick sales, beyond the actual cost of the bricks and engraving, goes to our general fund. The bricks are permanently displayed around our flagpole and in front of the Old Schoolhouse steps. Bricks are still available and you may contribute a brick in anyone's name, your company, or organization name.
Engraved bricks are $35.00 for one engraved line or 4 bricks for $120.00. Two additional lines may be purchased for $5.00 each.
The bricks, unless requested to be grouped, will be installed, at random, in front of the steps of the Old Schoolhouse.
Download an order form here. Order forms may also be picked up at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.
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High Desert Test Sites
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Joshua Tree Mini-Storage
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Morongo Basin Historical Society
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Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
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