The maintenance and strengthening of cultural tradition was in force at this past weekend's gathering of the California Indian Basketweavers Association. It is in places like these where you see the most profound connections between ourselves and the earth.
Basketweaving is core to the culture of many tribes between the Sierras and the Pacific Ocean, and helps provide a sense of identity and pride connection to the earth. What we need to remember is the value of basketweaving as a skill that helped people survive through centuries -- taking reeds, roots, branches, and inner bark to create any manner of containers (even water-tight!), fish traps, ceremonial hats, and more.
It's not too late to learn! See you in 2010?