Kumiai Community Museum in Tecate, Mexico, we were able to offer a unique opportunity to meet and work with some of the most skilled basketry artists of the Pai Pai and Kumeyaay nations.
Two IVDM members accompanied a trustee and the Head Curator to the event where willow basket making instructions were translated step by step. "I didn't realize how much work it was going to be - I'm feeling it!" said one of our group.
Participants were also treated with a special presentation of bird songs by Juan Meza Cuero. After lunch we explored the progress of other tables and decided that we were glad we had chosen willow baskets. Working with the junctus materials was described as "intense".
After less than an hour wait at the border, we were back in US territory and finished up the day with dinner at the newly-opened Jacumba Springs Spa & Resort.
"What a great opportunity," said of of the museum members, "I'm really glad I got to go."