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Elko District Office
Release Date: 02/03/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. 2012-015

Shoshone Willow Weaving at the California Trail Center

ELKO, Nev. – The public is invited to witness the passing down of a Shoshone tradition Saturday, Feb. 11, when Shoshone elders pass down the ancient craft of willow weaving.

Lois Whitney and Leah Brady will pass on the techniques of this art to the Shoshone youth
from 2 until 6 p.m. A variety of baskets will be on display and at 4 p.m. there will be a formal presentation on Shoshone basket making.

Leah Brady and Lois Whitney are local Western Shoshone sisters who have worked for decades to keep Shoshone traditions alive by educating tribal youth. This free event is a rare opportunity to learn more about Shoshone culture.

The Willow Weaving workshop is the second Newe Night event at the California Trail Interpretive Center. Newe Night events will continue on the afternoon of March 17 with a Drumming, Singing and Hand Game afternoon. Contact Shania Cook (775) 738-1849 for more information.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is eight miles west of Elko at Hunter exit 292. The center is closed for exhibit installation but will be open for special events, school groups and prearranged tours and meetings. Visit our websites at, or visit the Trail Center’s Facebook page.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-14-2015