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Celebrate holiday with a new tradition

Nevada County residents can start a new Thanksgiving tradition by joining California Indian Basketweavers Association Saturday in an event expressing gratitude to the community for support of basketweavers.

The event doubles as a benefit for the nonprofit association.

“We gather to give thanks for the great resurgence in basketweaving that has occurred in the past 10 years as the number of basketweavers has increased threefold,” said Jacqueline Keeler, the association’s executive director.

“Each year, more and more young people take up the art of basketweaving and reestablish their connection with the land through learning about the native plants and the care required in harvesting them and restoring their habitats,” she added.

Saturday’s event includes drumming, spoken word, dancing to the Bodhi Busick Band and a feast of wild salmon, squash soup, roasted corn and other Native American food. A display of California Indian baskets and weaving demonstrations, and a silent auction of Native American art will be set up.

Founded 10 years ago, CIBA’s mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate California Indian basketweaving traditions in California Indian communities.

Admission is $15 for adults and children 12-and-older, $5 for children between the ages of 5 and 12 and free for children 4-and-under.

The benefit is from 6 to 11 p.m. at Seamans Lodge in Nevada City’s Pioneer Park.

Call CIBA at 478-5660 for more information or to make reservations. Tickets are also available at the door.

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