Seventy-six baskets show off the skill and sophistication of Southern Luiseño and Soboba basket weavers and beauty of their art. Farmer comments upon each basket's material composition; its pattern motif, whether subtle or stunningly intricate; and its probable use, such as for cooking, winnowing chaff from seeds, or playing dice games. A thorough introduction to common basketry techniques deepens our appreciation of the baskets as art objects and provides insight into the enduring culture of the Southern Luiseño people.
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Justin Farmer, an Ipai basket weaver, collector, scholar, and cultural activist, has long been a fountain of knowledge and a seemingly inexhaustible reservoir of humor and (sometimes) good jokes. Justin is a cherished friend, and Heyday is pleased that he has allowed us to handle the distribution of three of his books.
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