Lenora: Basket Weaver

Lenora. Faces of the Festival 2018. Photo by Steven Meckler

I’m a weaver. I weave yucca baskets. The materials that I use are yucca, white from the inner reeds, green from the outer reeds. Bear grass is the coil, devil’s claw, and the red is the root of the wild banana plant. I started when I was four. There’s then of us in our family, one boy and us. We’re all weavers. My brother’s a hunter. I’m the youngest. Everybody went to school and I was there with my mom, and she didn’t want to waste her materials. So I used her scraps to show her that I could do it. She allowed me to learn and she taught me. She’s 93 right now, she’s still alive. Matilda Saraficio is her name. We’ve been doing demonstrations since I was as far back as I can remember. I also do presentations now and I like to take my mother along, I’ve pulled her into it to have her share also. I like to share because it’s our culture and language. Also dancing. I love to dance! To chicken scratch!

-Lenora

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