Press Release

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 3:39pm
OMCA AND HEYDAY CO-PRESENT HISTORIC UNVEILING OF RARE OHLONE BASKET

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The Oakland Museum of California and Heyday are proud to co-present a history-making community celebration on Saturday, July 28, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, in the beautiful gardens of the Oakland Museum of California. The event honors the unveiling of Ohlone artist and scholar Linda Yamane's commissioned ceremonial Ohlone basket, and ceremonially welcomes the basket into OMCA's collection. Featuring 20,000 stitches, several thousand feathers, and 1,200 handcrafted Olivella shell beads, the extremely rare basket took Yamane nearly three years to create, and is the first of its kind to be made in almost 250 years. In honor of this historic welcoming event, the Museum is offering free admission from 1 to 5 pm that day.

The Ohlone Basket Welcoming Celebration, to take place in OMCA's lushly landscaped gardens, will welcome Yamane's basket into the Museum's renowned collection of over 2,500 Native Californian baskets. In honor of the occasion, OMCA's gardens will come alive with festivities for the whole family, including traditional song and dance, Native crafts, storytelling circles, and Native books and magazines from Heyday's collection. The event will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of News from Native California, Heyday's quarterly magazine devoted to California's indigenous peop le.