Julia Parker spent more than 60 years as a cultural demonstrator in the park, and she is often described as a national treasure for her efforts to ensure the legacy of the Miwok-Paiute people in Yosemite. Over decades, Julia has shared basket-weaving and other cultural traditions with countless people — including her daughter Lucy Parker and granddaughter Ursula Jones.
This workshop gives you the unique chance to spend three days learning from Julia, Lucy and Ursula in Yosemite Valley. Over the course of a long weekend, your three instructors will guide you through traditional basket-weaving techniques and share stories that have lived on through generations of families. All materials are provided, and you will take home your own beautiful handmade basket.
Read “Q-and-A with a Yosemite Insider” in the Yosemite Conservancy magazine to learn more about Julia Parker and her important cultural contributions, and explore Julia’s story through her DVD, Grandmother’s Prayer, or book, Scrape the Willow Until It Sings.
Included with your registration:
- Three full days of basket-weaving (Friday through Sunday, 9 am to around 4 pm; ending a little earlier on Sunday).
- All basket-weaving materials, except those that participants are responsible for bringing. (A list of additional supplies for participants to bring will be emailed to those who’ve registered — see the packing list linked below.)
- Park entry (as needed).
- Four nights of tent camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, if needed (arrive Thursday, September 24 and depart Monday, September 28).
- Note: Our limited camping sites are for participants only. We cannot adjust the dates. The sites are shared. Tents only.
- Option to upgrade accommodations to Curry Village for an additional fee (arrive Thursday, September 24 and depart Monday, September 28).
- Information about upgrading your accommodations will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 30 days before the program.
- Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites.