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Mendo Lake Family Life

Learn to Weave a Basket

When she was nine, Corine Pearce had a dream that revealed her life’s calling. In it, Mary Francisco, Pearce’s late great great grandmother, a highly regarded Pomo basket weaver whom the little girl had never met, told Corine, “You know, you can weave. You have my hands.” That day Pearce made a basket, and, decades later, she is still making them. It’s an art that, for her, “heals and restores the land and the people.” Pearce will teach basketweaving at her online Middletown Art Center Weaving Workshop on January 15, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is sliding scale, $20–$50. Sign up at For a video about Pearce’s work, go to