American Indian Basketry Show Comes to Calabasas

Basketry expert Terry DeWald describes the techniques andtraditions of the American Indian art form. 

There will be an American Indian basketry show and sale on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center in Calabasas. 

The event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with artist talks and demonstrations that highlight both historic and contemporary American Indian baskets from California and other Southwestern states. The event and parking are free to guests.

Some highlights of the weekend will include lectures by basketry expert Terry DeWald. The lectures will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, describing the materials, tools, techniques and traditions of American Indian basketry.

There will also be live demonstrations by Tohono O’odham weavers throughout the day as well as other activities for both children and adults. 

Guests can make their own Tohono O’odham-style baskets during a day-long workshop on Friday, Nov. 15. The sessions will be lead by instructors Della and Fredrick Cruz, an Arizona couple known for their unique baskets, and will introduce guests to the designs, techniques and traditions of Tohono O’odham basketry. The workshop is limited to 15 people and costs $165 per person. 

Both the American Indian basketry show and the workshops are supported by the Western National Parks Association (WNPA), which is a non-profit partner of the National Park Service.