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Course Information

Great baskets are made by great women.

— Jesse Foley Benson in Baskets & Weavers

Probably the most important thing Ella told me... is when you gather your materials, always thank the plants and things.
Because without them, you wouldn’t have your baskets.
With them, and talking to them, the plant isn’t really dying.
In a sense, it will live on.

— Susan Burdick in Baskets & Weavers



Students making acorn soup in the forestThis is a special topics course, which will include travel to the Klamath/Salmon River area for a weekend to meet with and learn from members of the Karuk Indigenous Basket Weavers and California Indian Basket Weavers Association.

Participants in this course will interact one-on-one with the basket weavers and herbalists, collect and process basket making materials, medicinal herbs and foods from local plants, and discuss indigenous life ways in relation to the local environment.

Please note that students will not be weaving baskets but will learn about the process.

This rare opportunity will also include a visit to the Native Plants Garden, basket displays, a lecture given by a Karuk elder, an evening of Karuk storytelling, and a potluck dinner with the basket weavers.

Before the weekend activities, students are encouraged to independently tour the Hover Collection of Karuk baskets at the Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka.

See the Schedule for details.


This course consists of hands-on activities and discussions, and out-of-class observations. Your participation and interest are crucial. Your grade (CR/NC) will depend upon your level of participation and your trip journal.


Please note that the grade mode for this course is credit/no-credit.

To get credit for this course, you have to:
(1) attend and participate in the orientation session, the full off-campus scheduled sessions, and
(2) complete a journal on site.

See Required Readings for further information.



Students are required to bring their own camping gear, and will be responsible for getting to the campground on their own. The weather is not predictable for this time of year, so be prepared for cold and wet weather. Be sure to bring a tent with a rain-fly. It could also be sunny and warm. See the Checklist for details.



Instructor approval is required for registration.

Only students registered for the course will be allowed to participate.

Please see application details.

Applications must be received by the Dept. of Biology (second floor, Science B, room 222, or fax to (707) 826-3201) by MARCH 26, 2014.



Upon acceptance to the program, the non-credit fee is $230. One unit of academic credit is optional (either in ANTH 485 or EMP 480) for $50 additional cost. The fee is payable at the College of eLearning & Extended Education, located on the second floor of the Student and Business Services building on Harpst St., on the HSU campus. You may also call (707) 826-3731 to register (VISA/Mastercard/Discover).