Message #237 Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 19:49:32 Subject: Native Basket Weavers Seek Access To Native Plant Sources [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Brian Kenny email@example.com Native Americans of the Arizona Indian Basket Weavers Association will hold a workshop December 3-5, 1998 at the Arizona Desert Sonoran Museum near Tucson. The workshop will provide Association members and Native American basket weavers an opportunity to interact and share knowledge and techniques. The workshop will be by invitation on Thursday and Friday, but it will open to the general public on Saturday, December 5th. On that day, exquisite craft items will be available for purchase from members of the Association. Reservation and urban life and fragmented land-ownership patterns have cut off Native American artisans from many sources of native raw materials. To establish more reliable access to these materials for gathering and future economic use, the Association hopes to identify federal, state and local government resource managers and private landowners with access to or control of properties containing abundant and renewable supplies of the natural materials used in basket weaving. The Association hopes to invite a variety of these individuals to their December workshop to explain regulations, access rules and permit processes. In addition to gathering regulatory information, Association members are seeking working relationships that might help establish future access to public lands, trust lands, military installations, and private property in Arizona for the purposes of gathering native plants. At the December workshop, Association members also hope to hear from land managers, ecologists, biologists, native plant scientists and landowners about the seasonal timing of gathering activities and selection practices which might assure that native plant habitats are not over-gathered or destroyed. In turn, Association members would like to share their intimate knowledge of traditional habitat use and the economic species, especially yucca, bear grass, devil's claw, cattail and willow. In this era, willow is the species in critically short supply. If you attend, you will be working with Gila River Pima, O'otam, Hopi, Apache, Navajo, Hualapai and Yavapai. Please distribute this message widely. For more information, contact: Ms. Delphia Graves Arizona Indian Basket Weavers Association 2341 North Evergreen Street Phoenix, Arizona 85006 (602) 495-1871 (voice) (602) 578-5646 (mobile) (602) 252-9757 (FAX) If you wish, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will relay your message.