Finding Baskets in the Native American Garden Rancho Sierra Vista


April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Santa Monica Mountains Inter-agency Visitor Center

Charlie Cooke who some considered a Chumash Chief, knew the Indian uses of plants from the time he was a child.   Dr. Mary Gordon, the author of Charlie´s biography which also includes the development of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, will tell how as a child he came to develop his incredible knowledge of plants and also how he developed as a leader. This part of the presentation will include photos and maps that children will enjoy, but the focus will be outside in the garden.

Bryn Potter, a basketry specialist, will lead a garden tour pointing out plants used to make baskets. She will show some baskets as she discusses how baskets are made and used by native cultures. Children will have a chance to walk through the Native garden and see and feel what the Indians used and then make a small basket out of yarn.

Dennis Garcia, Chumash Elder who worked with Charlie to save Native American sacred and public sites will provide a Chumash blessing.


Main parking lot located at the intersection of Via Goleta and Potrero Rd.