Sustaining our Native American way of life to preserve our future

Quailtop Way is a natural way of Native American life and existence in the modern world, which is influenced by our ancestors and traditions.


About Us

Who We Are

We are the McKay family from Sonoma County, in Northern California.  We are descendents from the Dry Creek Pomo/Wappo, Northern Sierra Miwok, and Hayfork Wintun Native American Tribes.  Our ancestors overcame the greatest adversity to survive, and it is our duty and pleasure to continue the traditions that have been passed onto us.  Every aspect of our lives is committed to preserving and promoting our Native ways. 

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Basketry

Weaving

We weave our baskets following the traditional rules of our Native American elders.

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Gathering Materials

We gather all of our materials when the season is right, in the traditional ways of our Native American elders.

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Experts in Identifying Pomo/Wappo Baskets

We work with Native American Tribes, museums, educational institutions, and more to identify and repatriate our baskets.

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Jewelry


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Traditional Food- Gather, Prepare, Cook

Clint and granddaughter gathering seaweed.

Traditional Food Gathering

We gather and harvest a variety of traditional Native American food including abalone, deer, acorns, seaweed, manzanita berries, and more!

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Lucy and grandkids preparing pepper nuts.

Traditional Food Preparation

We prepare all of the traditional Native American food we gather and harvest following the rules and customs that our ancestors passed onto us.

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Papa's Shack at the 2018 Gravenstein Apple Festival.

Traditional Food Booth

We occasionally run a Native American food booth containing the traditional foods that we have gathered and harvested.  All of our food is cooked using methods inspired by our elders.

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Speaking Engagements

Public Education

We share our Native American knowledge with the public, organizations, and educational institutions to educate others about our way of life.  We lecture for events, workshops, and classes.  The topics we educate about include: basketry (weaving, gathering, identification, etc.), traditional land stewardship, language, historical trauma, and Native resiliency.  The goals of our speaking engagements are: 

  1. To provide accurate history through the voice of Native people
  2. To dispel the myth that Native people remain only in history books
  3. To promote wellness and pride among Native People
  4. To demonstrate to our youth that they can live healthy lifestyles that embrace their culture and history

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2019 Scheduled Events

Below are events we are scheduled to attend.  To invite us to attend your event or for a speaking engagement, please contact us.

February 9, 2019

Sonoma Valley Historical Society- Lecture

2:00pm - 3:00pm

270 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476

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February 9, 2019

Sonoma Valley Historical Society- Lecture

Clint McKay will be sharing his knowledge and expertise about Pomo and Wappo basketry at the Sonoma Valley Historical Society.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

270 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476

April 4, 2019

Discover Nature - Native Wisdom: Lessons from the Land- Lecture

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Pepperwood Preserve - Dwight Center for Conservation Science: 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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April 4, 2019

Discover Nature - Native Wisdom: Lessons from the Land- Lecture

Native peoples have developed an intricate and highly-sustainable relationship with the land, plants, and animals of Northern California over millennia. At this lecture, traditional Wappo spiritual leader Clint McKay, the Chair of Pepperwood’s Native Advisory Council, will delve into some of the ways Native peoples maintained a natural balance while tending the wild to create resources such as food and basketry plants. Clint will share the importance of Native practices such as prescribed burning in both cultural and ecological contexts. We will discuss how our local tribes are working in the community to practice and sustain their customs, and how we might learn from their wisdom and deep understanding of the natural world—of which we are all a part.

$10 suggested donation, students free

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Pepperwood Preserve - Dwight Center for Conservation Science: 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

June 18, 2019

California Native Plant Society - Lecture

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center: 2050 Yulupa Ave. Santa Rosa, CA

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June 18, 2019

California Native Plant Society - Lecture

Clint McKay will be sharing his knowledge and expertise about California Native land stewardship and plant use and the importance of both to sustain basketry traditions in today's society.

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center: 2050 Yulupa Ave. Santa Rosa, CA

June 22-23, 2019

California Indian Basketweavers Association

All day

Gold Country Casino: 4020 Olive Highway Oroville, CA 95966

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June 22-23, 2019

California Indian Basketweavers Association

We invite you to join us at the 29th annual CIBA gathering at the Berry Creek Rancheria, home of the Tyme Maidu, to celebrate and experience California Indian basketry.  Classes are available on 6/22/19 to Native students and the event is open to the general public on 6/23/19.  Master weavers are present to teach and demonstrate basketry techniques, a showcase with this year's finished baskets is available, and Native jewelry vendors will be present.  We will be there selling jewelry and very likely demonstrating and/or teaching a class.

All day

Gold Country Casino: 4020 Olive Highway Oroville, CA 95966

November 9-10, 2019

Autry Museum American Indian Arts Marketplace

All day

Autry Museum of the American West: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

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November 9-10, 2019

Autry Museum American Indian Arts Marketplace

Join us at the American Indian Arts Marketplace as we showcase and sell our California Native jewelry.  This event is the largest Native American arts fair in Southern California, the Autry’s American Indian Arts Marketplace features 200 Native American artists from more than 40 nations. Buy sculpture, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings, mixed-media works, and more from top Native American artists.

Admission: (Includes Museum Admission) Free for Autry Members / $14 Adults / $10 Seniors (60+) and Students (with ID) / Free for active military personnel and veterans (with ID) / $6 Children / Free for Children Under 3 

All day

Autry Museum of the American West: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

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Stay In Touch!

If you have questions or wish to contact us for future events or would like to contribute to our historical preservation efforts, please contact us. 


Quailtop Way

Forestville, California 95436, United States

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