UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Mabel McKay weaving in a buckskin dress, image courtesy of Marshall McKay and Sharon Rogers McKay
Mabel McKay weaving in a buckskin dress, image courtesy of Marshall McKay and Sharon Rogers McKay
September 2019 – March 2020
The Life and Work of Mabel McKay
The Life and Work of Mabel McKay tells the story of a renowned basket weaver, healer, culture bearer, and inspiration. Mabel McKay (1908-1993) was a member of the Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo tribe from Northern California, and was the last speaker of her language. She was also the last of the Pomo dream doctors, and healed both Native and non-Native patients through traditional medicine. She became widely recognized as one of the greatest basket weavers of the 20th century, and traveled great distances to teach others and share her cultural traditions. McKay lived through almost the entirety of the 20th century, a time period that was often difficult to be California Indian and a woman. Featuring intricately woven baskets, historic photographs, media, and more, this exhibition celebrates her legacy.
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