Bertha Mitchell, a master basket weaver, Patwin language speaker, and culture bearer for the Patwin people, has been weaving baskets for over seven decades.  In addition to working within her own community, Bertha has shared her art with many audiences throughout Northern California, including demonstrating her art form at museums,…
The Wishtoyo Foundation is a Native American organization that utilizes traditional Chumash cultural values and practices to foster environmental awareness.  The Chumash people lived for centuries along the California coast between Malibu and San Luis Obispo and the Channel Islands, depending on the natural world…
Redwood canoes were once the main mode of transportation between the peoples of the Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk tribes of Northern California.  They are a vital element of these tribes’ Boat Dance and White Deerskin Dance ceremonies that are still held to this day.  Currently, there are only approximately four…
Shiwaya Peck, a member of the Maidu tribe of modern-day Plumas County, has been weaving baskets for nearly sixty years.  She learned as a child from her grandmother, Nellie Peck, and her aunt, the renowned weaver and elder Lily Baker. As a master artist in ACTA’s…
From time immemorial, infants of the Yurok, Karuk, and Hoopa tribes of modern-day Humboldt County begin life in a traditional baby basekt woven of hazel sticks and spruce roots.  Baby baskets provide a safe place, where infants can be swaddled and tied in with leather straps, proving security and comfort…
Paul Cason is an artist, community leader, and speaker of the Northwestern (Konkow) Maidu language.  Paul’s dedication to the art, culture, and community of this language is unwavering.  He understands that for Maidu art to be fully cherished, it must be experience through the Maidu mindset, language, and worldview.  Paul…
The Chumash historically inhabited the central and southern coastal regions of California, in portions of what is now San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.  As many other Native peoples, the Chumash wore special regalia during song and dance ceremonies.  Chumash regalia includes a broad range…
Jennifer Malone (Wukchumni, Tachi, Yowlumni) comes from a long line of basketweavers, including her grandmother, Beatrice Arancis, and her mother, Marie Wilcox.  Jennifer is an active basketry teacher, has partnered with and displayed at many community events, and is a board member of the California Indian Basketweavers Association.  Jennifer is…
The Table Bluff Reservation, home to the Wiyot Tribe and its Heritage Center, is situated in rural northern California on the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean at the southern end of Humboldt Bay.  The history of the Wiyot people is often tragic as they were among…
The Susanville Indian Rancheria is located in a rural area in Northeastern California, approximately 85 miles north of Reno, Nevada, and is situated along the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  The political entity of the Rancheria represents four tribes–the Northeastern Maidu, Northern Paiute, Northern Washoe and Pit River…