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Yosemite Miwok-Paiute Basketry: Two-Day Workshop


  • Upper Pines, Yosemite Valley (map)

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from a cultural icon! Julia Parker is often described as a “national treasure” for ensuring the legacy of the Miwok-Paiute people in Yosemite. She served as a cultural demonstrator in Yosemite for more than 60 years, becoming the park’s longest-tenured employee. Although she retired from her official role in 2015, this workshop gives you the chance to spend two days with Julia, her daughter, Lucy Parker, and granddaughter, Ursula Jones, as they guide you through traditional basket-weaving techniques. As you create your own unique basket, discover Yosemite’s fascinating cultural history and hear the stories that have lived on through generations of families. All materials are provided, and you will take home your own beautiful handmade basket as a keepsake of this special Yosemite experience. This workshop begins on Saturday morning in Yosemite Valley and runs through Sunday afternoon.

Cost: $299

Register here.

Read “Q&A with a Yosemite Insider” in Yosemite Conservancy magazine to learn more about Julia Parker and her important cultural contributions. Also explore Julia’s story through her DVD, Grandmother’s Prayer, or book, Scrape the Willow Until it Sings. 

The Experience Package includes camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley (June 17–20). Camping is not required to participate. Park entry is also included, as needed. Upgrade your accommodations to stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge (June 17–20), any unused rooms in the room block will be released 45 days before the program. Information about upgrading your package will be emailed after you sign up. View a suggested packing list.