Arts Speak: Burden Baskets of the Tohono O’odham
December 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Royce Manual, an expert from the Arizona Humanities Council will talk about woven art and use of the Tohono O’odham “Burden Baskets” and basket making traditions throughout the southwest.
Royce Manuel (Akmierl Aw-Thum), is a Pima Indian who single-handedly saved the ability to weave the kiaha, or traditional Pima burden basket, from extinction.
Manuel, a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Scottsdale, received the 10th Annual Spirit of the Heard Award, for his work in educating the public about the heritage and the living cultures and arts of Native peoples. In recent decades, the declining tradition among the Pima men to make the kiaha might have ended altogether had not for the close childhood relationship Manuel had with his Gaga, or paternal grandmother. She taught him the value of the “Old Way” and the importance of traditional tools men of his tribe once abundantly used: bows and arrows and the agave fiber for making the kiaha, as well as traditional sandals, three-hole courting flutes and water canteens.
Free for members, $8 suggested donation for guests and nonmembers.