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Jicarilla Apache Basketry

Jicarilla Basket Weaving – G210642

This course is an introduction into traditional Jicarilla basket weaving, taught by a fourth generation Jicarilla basket weaver. First, you will learn about the different sticks and plants needed to make different baskets, as well as the tools needed. Then, we will gather the materials during a field trip on Ghost Ranch. At the end of a step- by- step process, everyone will make a small basket with their prepared materials and sticks.
It will be helpful to bring any of these tools with you that you are able.
2 knives (small & large)
Small snips
Clipper (pruning)
Small bucket
*some materials provided will be provided

Sunday-Friday, June 27-July 2

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In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

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  • Melanie Pesata
    Melanie Pesata

    Melanie Pesata is a Jicarilla Apache traditional artist who has a lifetime of experience in Jicarilla basketry, micacious pottery, bead work, and leather work among other traditional skills. Melanie comes from a family full of traditional artists who were all raised traditionally on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. She has been teaching traditional skills for over 30 years and has been working for the Jicarilla Apache Nation as a traditional bead worker for over 17 years. Aside from her day job making crafts, she also enjoys teaching summer workshops to local youth and community members, creating custom work for clients, and occasionally entering her art into competitive art shows. She has a son, daughter and one grandchild who are all artists as well. When she is not busy creating, she is living a healthy lifestyle, walking her dogs, gathering in-season plants and medicines, and spending time with family.


Jun 27 2021 - Jul 02 2021



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