Nationally Renowned Basket Weaver |
Yosemite & Coast Miwok, Mono Lake Paiute, Kashaya Pomo from Mono Lake and Yosemite, California
“The traditions of our people will go on as long as people are aware of them.”
As a young child, Lucy Parker was brought up in a traditional cradle basket, and has been linked to baskets ever since. She was reared in Yosemite National Park and is a great granddaughter of master weaver and innovator Lucy Tom Telles, a Yosemite Miwok – Paiute. As a young child in Yosemite National Park, Lucy began learning basket weaving and other key cultural skills. She works closely with her mother, Julia Parker, a beloved basket weaver and cultural demonstrator of national renown. Lucy is an active demonstrator and lecturer in the Yosemite area near her home. She also travels around California and the United States teaching and sharing her knowledge about California Indian basket weaving at workshops and cultural events. She is a popular teacher of cultural skills classes at the Miwok Archeological Preserve in Marin and teaches seminars for the Mono Lake Committee and Yosemite Association. As a cultural practitioner and lifelong student of Native arts, Lucy makes it a priority to gain knowledge of different styles of basketry traditions through research at museums.
One of Lucy’s priorities as an artist, mother, and teacher is to ensure that the cultural skills of her people are passed to the children. Part of her teaching activities include traditional songs and games that link together joy and learning for her young students. As a mother and grandmother, Lucy is guaranteeing that tribal teachers and leaders of the future will know who they are.