Oakland Museum of California and Heyday Co-Present Historic Unveiling of Rare Ohlone Basket

Commissioned Native American basket is the first of its kind to be made in nearly 250 years

Free community celebration on Saturday, July 28, from 1 to 3 pm, honors Native American traditions, commemorates 25th anniversary of News from Native California magazine, and welcomes Ohlone basket into OMCA’s collection

(OAKLAND, CA) June 25, 2012—The Oakland Museum of California and Heyday are proud to co-present a history-making community celebration on Saturday, July 28, from 1:00 pm 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 people.

“We could not be more honored to welcome this extraordinary art work, created by Linda Yamane and expressing the vital tradition of Native basket-making in California, into the Museum’s collection,” said Lori Fogarty, Director and CEO of the Oakland Museum of California. “The opportunity to commission this beautiful basket through the generous support of the Oakland Museum Women’s Board not only enables us to tell the many stories of California, but also highlights the continuing history and contributions of Native people in our state. This is a mission shared by Heyday, and we are also pleased to celebrate the gift of this basket as part of Heyday’s commemoration of its long-standing publication focused on Native culture.”

In 2010, OMCA commissioned Yamane to create the basket to enhance the Museum’s Native American collection. Welcoming the basket into OMCA’s Gallery of California History marks the Museum’s strong commitment to preserving Native culture and showcasing the diverse community voices that make up California history.

“This basket is especially significant to OMCA because so few Ohlone baskets have survived, and none were in the Museum’s collections before now,” said Louise Pubols, OMCA Senior Curator of History. “Linda has worked for years to research and revive the basket-making art of her ancestors. With this beautiful basket, that tradition can now be shared with all our visitors.”

In honor of this historic welcoming event, the Museum is offering free admission from 1 to 5 pm that day. The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. OMCA is situated between downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance.

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