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Sunbelt Spotlight: Native Masterpiece Baskets | Weavers, Art, & Technology

December 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Join Alexander Schwed and Alan Garfinkel for a discussion of basketry collectors, masterpiece baskets, and native basket weavers. Topics covered will include art, technology, and religious metaphor behind the designs found in world-class Native California baskets.

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Alexander Schwed is a student of Native American art and a collector of Native textiles. He argues for the importance of preserving the Traditional Cultural Elements of Native peoples of the Far West.

He is an enthusiast and advocate for the importance of Native California Indian basketry. His publications and lectures have demonstrated the significance of Native artifacts both as ethnographic objects as well as beautiful creations noted for their artistic elegance.

His enthusiasm and research have earned him a central place with several organizations focusing on conservation, protection, and research on indigenous Natives of California and the Great Basin. He is an active Research Associate to the Tulare Lake Archaeological Research Group and the California Rock Art Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the Society for California Archaeology and the California Indian Basketweaver’s Association.

Dr. Alan Garfinkel Gold is the President and Founder of the California Rock Art Foundation. He is a California and Great Basin anthropologist and archaeologist. He is currently teaching at California State University, Bakersfield. Dr. Gold has authored five books including Prehistory of Kern County, Archaeology and Rock Art, and the Handbook of the Kawaiisu and has formally published 47 scientific articles in various academic journals. He is the recipient of both the 2008 and 2011 California State Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

​Alan has focused his research interests attempting to better understand the rich and complex archaeological record of the far Southern Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi Mountains, western Mojave Desert, and southwestern Great Basin. He has concentrated his focus on the research areas of linguistic history, past population movements, forager religion, animal ceremonialism, and Numic Ghost Dance paintings. Most recently he has framed his studies in close collaboration with Native peoples of the area and has applied their cultural constructs and unique perceptions into interpretive schemata for local rock art.

California Indian Basketry: Ikons of the Florescence is a richly illustrated photographic overview that captures the beauty and artistry of the remarkable world-class, Native American Indian baskets of California, circa 1895 to 1940, known as the Florescence or Flowering. It is a tribute to these artisans and includes biographical snapshots of weavers and portraits of their masterpiece California Indian baskets, which today exist in museums and private collections throughout the United States.


December 11, 2020
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
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