April 14, 2014 (Lakeside)-- The Barona Cultural Center & Museum and Ancient Spirits Speak will host master basket weaver Eva Salazar for a Basic Juncus Basket Making class on Saturday May 3, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This introductory class will teach the basic principles of a fine art which yielded products both beautiful and useful. Traditionally, coiled juncus baskets were used by the Kumeyaay/Diegueno people to cook acorn meal, process various flours, collect and roast seeds and to wear as hats.
Instructor Eva Salazar is a Kumeyaay Indian from the San Jose de la Zorra community in Baja California who currently resides in San Diego. Eva comes from a family of basketmakers and teaches her art in an effort to help others appreciate and carry on the tradition. Eva has won many awards for her artistry and creates her beautiful baskets from locally-harvested wild juncus, wild deergrass, willow, sumac and yucca. Eva also makes traditional Native American dolls, agave fiber nets, willow bark skirts and traditionally-inspired jewelry.
The Basic Juncus Basket Making Class is open to ages 16 and up. Admission is $25 and lunch is included. The class is free for Barona Tribal Members. Please call 619-443-7003 ext. 219 by Friday April 25th to pre-pay and guarantee your spot.