Tending the Wild - 2017 Workshop 

  Saturday June 3rd or Sunday June 4th

10am to 5pm

Pepperwood Preserve

2130 Pepperwood Preserve Rd

Santa Rosa, CA 95472


Tickets can be purchased at: tendingthewild.brownpapertickets.com


Since time immemorial California Indian basket weavers have used little known techniques to shape California’s landscape. In Tending the Wild– The Workshop Master Basket Weavers will lead interactive programs that provide hands-on experience for those interested in learning more about the cultivation, preparation of plant materials and related cultural values embedded in their ancestral skill.

This educational workshop, presented by California Indian Basket Weavers Association (CIBA) is designed to give participants a clearer understanding of the historic impact of Indigenous Stewardship Methods (ISM) on California’s natural environment as well as information about how to reintroduce those techniques. Topics include the historic use of fire and periodic burning of undergrowth to optimize plant regeneration in traditional gathering sites and identification and preparation of regional basketry plant materials, such as how to peel willow; split and trim redbud shoots; dig “white root”; and clean and prepare bracken fern.   


Tending the Wild – The Workshop  is based on the book Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resourcesby Ethnobotanist M. Kat Anderson. Anderson, is the National Ethnoecologist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at University of California, Davis as well as associate ecologist with the Agriculture Experiment Station and on the Faculty in the Graduate Group in Ecology and the Faculty in the Graduate Group in Geography at UC Davis.

Established in the early 1990’s, CIBA’s mission has been driven by a shared concern of California Indian basket weavers that California Indian basketry traditions were fast disappearing. Now with nearly 1,000 members statewide it provides opportunities for weavers to convene, learn, exchange information and showcase their work. 

They also collaborate with local, state and federal agencies to increase basket weavers’ access to traditional gathering areas, reintroduce Native basketry plants to the natural environment and to limit the use of harmful pesticides.  These efforts reflect the non-profit’s vision to preserve, promote and perpetuate the basketry traditions of California Indians.  


Funding for the 2017 Tending the Wild Workshop provided by The Christensen Fund.