ONLINE: California Indian Basketry: Artistry and Symbolism



Purchase a copy of the new book, California Indian Basketry: Ikons of the Florescence, in the Bowers' online Gallery Store today!  

While basket weaving using natural reeds, plants, and fibers is a world-wide craft, the North American Indian tribes produced many of the finest baskets. And of these, the ones woven by several of the tribes located in Central California and Western Nevada during the time period 1895 or so to about 1940, by which time the major weavers had passed away or ceased weaving, are considered perhaps the best of the best; true art masterpieces with both artistic as well as symbolic markings. 

"In this book, we illustrate many of these wonderful baskets, and celebrate the truly outstanding artisans who created them.  We also wish to pay tribute to many of the weavers whose identity is unknown, but whose pictures appear in many articles about native weavers, and also identify beautiful baskets from the same period, but whose weaver is unknown. The book contains about 450 color basket images, and about 250 vintage photographs of the weavers, many of whom are holding the very baskets we have illustrated." -Sunbelt Publications


Wayne A. Thompson developed his interest in the history of the American West over a 50-year period. When he turned his attention to the study and collecting of masterpieces of Native American California and Arizona coiled baskets, he became a recognized expert in this area and is often consulted by museums, collectors, dealers, and academics. He is the author of several articles and books including the highly acclaimed Ikons, Classics and Contemporary Masterpieces of Mineralogy.

Eugene S. Meieran graduated from MIT in Materials Science with a Doctor of Science degree (ScD) and received an honorary doctorate degree from Purdue University. While employed at Intel as a Senior Fellow, he was the author of over 70 technical publications. He remains an avid collector of gemstone crystals and Pueblo ceramic art. Gene is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has been featured in Marquis Who’s Who.


Alan P. Garfinkel is a noted scholar principally recognized as an anthropologist/archaeologist known worldwide for his work with indigenous people and for his studies of Native American religion, world view, and art in California, the Great Basin, American Southwest, and Mesoamerica. He has authored 16 books and published over 100 scientific articles in various academic journals.

Location: Online

Ticketed Event: Member $5 | General $10 | Ticketholders will receive private access to view the online presentation at 11 AM on the day of the program. If you reserve a ticket after 11 AM on January 16, the program link will be included in your email confirmation from ACME Technologies. Presentation accessible for 24 hours.

TICKETS: Online or onsite. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Event details

January 16, 2021 11:00 am - 11:59 pm