For generations women from the North Fork Mono Tribe have been gathering local materials like acorns and reeds and producing woven baskets that are astoundingly complex in their construction. Working primarily out of California, these artists have evolved the art of basket weaving to include an increasingly broad range of shapes, colors, and designs, with some pieces taking as long as a year to produce. Join artist Lois Conner Bonha for a brief history of Mono basket weaving and a peek into the process of creating a basket like her gambling tray, recently acquired by the DMA. Bonha will lead a basket weaving workshop on Sunday, October 8.
Presented by the Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology.
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IMAGE: Gambling tray, Lois Conner Bohna (artist), California, Mono-Chukchansi, c. 2006, deer grass, sedge root, redbud, and bracken fern, Dallas Museum of Art, The Roberta Coke Camp Fund, 2017.14.2