Longest Walk 5.2 Visits Yomba Western Shoshone and walked to the Reese River to pick willows for basket making

Published March 7, 2017

YOMBA INDIAN RESERVATION – The Longest Walk 5.2, which began its cross-country walk from San Francisco last month, made its way to the Yomba Indian Reservation, near Austin, Nevada.

Yomba Western Shoshone tribal elders, Darlene Dewey, Randy Brady, Johnnie Bobb and Laura Saunders, a spent the day showing the long walkers and runners how to pick willows in the traditional way for the basket making class this weekend.

Darlene Dewey and Randy Brady

Darlene Dewey and Randy Brady

Laura Saunders

Laura Saunders

Johnnie Bobb

Johnnie Bobb

Pictures by Carl Bad Bear Sampson

When asked by Native News Online how do you choose which red willow to pick, Carl Bad Bear Sampson said “the tall straight ones with no buds on them.” He also told Native News Online “that Nevada is not a wasteland and we don’t waste anything all the shavings from the red willow we use. Either we use it in the sweat or we put it in kinnikinnick and we pray with it”.

 

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