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Language of the Land: A Basket Weaver's Journey
Join us to hear Clint McKay reflect on his journey of learning basket-weaving traditions, native plants, and other wisdom from his elders. Through stories and personal experiences Clint McKay will reflect on the gifts, spiritual lessons, and weaving traditions he learned from weavers like Mabel McKay, Laura Somersal, and other Pomo and Wappo elders. Today, Clint and his wife Lucy McKay gather plants and regularly sit and weave with family members in order to pass basket weaving traditions on to their children and grandchildren. Their native languages are spoken in their home on a daily basis. Clint will conclude with reflections on current native weaving and the strength of weaving traditions in our area today.

Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Lenguaje de la tierra: El viaje de un cestero

Únase a nosotros para escuchar a Clint McKay reflexionar sobre su viaje de aprendizaje de las tradiciones de la cestería, las plantas autóctonas y otra sabiduría de sus mayores. A través de historias y experiencias personales, Clint McKay reflexionará sobre los dones, las lecciones espirituales y las tradiciones de cestería que aprendió de tejedores como Mabel McKay, Laura Somersal y otros mayores Pomo y Wappo. Hoy en día, Clint y su esposa Lucy McKay recogen plantas y se sientan regularmente a tejer con los miembros de la familia para transmitir la tradición de la cestería a sus hijos y nietos. Sus lenguas maternas se hablan en casa a diario. Clint concluirá con reflexiones sobre la tejeduría nativa actual y la fuerza de las tradiciones tejedoras en nuestra zona hoy en día.

Se proporcionará interpretación en español.

Jan 26, 2022 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Clint McKay
Clint McKay and his wife, Lucy, both enrolled members of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo and Wappo Indians, live in Forestville. Clint was brought up in the traditional ways of his people and was taught to respect their culture. Through years of patient guidance, Laura Somersal taught him the art of Pomo basket weaving, including the ceremonial customs that accompany the gathering, processing, and weaving of Pomo Baskets, as well as the Dry Creek Language, use of Native plants, and how to carry on his people’s reciprocal relationship with the natural world. Clint holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Indigenous Education. In following the guidance of his elders, Clint is now teaching the Pomo/Wappo traditions to his family and other members of the community.