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 swa@dogyears.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 swa@dogyears.com and I
will relay your message.