organization founded in 1992
devoted to preserving and perpetuating California Indian
Its Board of Directors is made up of native weavers, with representatives from the Northern Miwok, Mono,
Chuckchansi, Hupa, Yoruk, Karuk, Mishewal Wappo, Plains Miwok, Normeluk Wintu, Ajachmem, Cahuilla tribes.
Headquartered in Nevada City
, with a satellite office in Willow Creek.
In California, the basket was one of the primary technological instruments of native cultures.
Baskets were used not only for storage, but for cooking, fishing, infant care, and regalia.
Preserving the traditions of basketweaving can be an essential part of passing on the cultural and spiritual
values of a tribe.
CIBA creates opportunities for weavers to come together show their work,
to support and teach each other at gatherings like the California-Great Basin Indian Basketweavers Gathering.
Their quarterly newsletter, Roots and Shoots, features profiles of
native basketweavers, news on relevant issues, and grant opportunities.
CIBA has been a model for other indigenous weaving
traditions in the U.S. and overseas to set up similar formal organizations.
Apparently the U.S. Forest Service, like many private timber companies, doesn't trust nature to grow "proper" forests
without chemical help, so pesticide application is routine.
CIBA has been a voice for the native peoples of California, ensuring state and Federal agencies
improve the permitting, notification,
and reporting of pesticide application in traditional gathering areas, as well as
working for the reintroduction of native plants and resources in these areas.
And while unregulated commercial collecting of "non-timber forest products" might be good for the economy,
CIBA has been instrumental in getting government agencies to set policies on gathering of forest
resources traditionally used as food, medicine, and basketry materials.
Not only raising awareness of artistry and practices, CIBA's network of weavers allows researchers and collectors access to
expertise in exhibition, storage, and identification. And it has begun to be accept private collections of 19th and 20th century baskets.
While anyone can become a member of CIBA to support its goals,
to be a voting member one must be of California Indian descent
and make baskets using traditional techniques and materials.
More info: www.ciba.org