ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program in 2014, Linda shared with her apprentice Vera Bocanegra Powers the cultural significance, practical functions, and medicinal attributes of Ohlone native plants.
In 2010, Linda participated in ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program with Carol Bachmann. The apprenticeship focused on the construction of a feathered basket. Ohlone feathered baskets involve a labor-intensive three-rod coiling technique. In addition to the delicate work of incorporating fine mallard duck feathers throughout the outer basket wall, the baskets are adorned with quail topknot feathers and abalone shell dangles.
Linda and Carol also participated in the inaugural round of ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program in 2000. During the apprenticeship, Linda taught Carol to make a twined walaheen, a complex, twined work basket used for winnowing and seed roasting. It is made from willow, sedge, and other roots, twined together in a complex “herringbone” pattern, revealing a diamond design. The diamond pattern is made not by introduction of a different plant material, but by a unique variation of the twined stitches.
Master basketweaver Linda Yamane's feathered basket, made from willow sticks, sedge rhizomes, redwing blackbird feathers, mallard duck feathers, and olivella shell beads. Photo courtesy of Linda Yamane