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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - September 21, 2012

Basket-making traditions and more

Museum event being held in conjunction with Indian Basketry exhibit

Learn more about basket making by the early Bay Area Indians at a special event tomorrow being hosted by the Museum on Main. Experts will make presentations on regional basket-making traditions, the uses of various types of baskets and the ceremonies surrounding basket making.

Dixie Rogers, who is of Karuk descent, will kick off the Saturday event at 11 a.m. with a presentation on the collection and traditional preparation of basket weaving materials, and she will demonstrate weaving techniques from 1 to 2 p.m.

At noon there will be a speech by Brian Bibby, guest curator of the exhibit and author of its catalog, "Essential Art: Native Basketry from the California Indian Heritage Center."

This event is being offered in conjunction with the current exhibit, "American Masterpieces: The Legacy of California Indian Basketry," which is on display through Oct. 14. The exhibit was originally developed for the California Museum in Sacramento; California Indian basketry is one of the greatest textile traditions of the world, extending some 5,000 years into the past.

The exhibit features over 30 examples of the finest artistic and utilitarian basketry from the collections of the California Indian Heritage Center. Also on display is the rare Ohlone Omron basket.

The Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. Visit www.museumonmain.org or call 462-2776.

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