Who We Are

Clint & Lucy McKay

Clint and Lucy McKay (2018)

  

Clint and his wife Lucy live in Forestville, California along with their three daughters; Josephine, Mary, and Laura. They have been blessed with four grandchildren, Hui-nupy-othma, Khatse-shinney-lahkmapi,  He-ke-a-ke, and Tee-wai-yu. Although not raised on a reservation, Clint was brought up in the traditional ways of his people. His father and other relatives told stories of “early days” and taught the children to respect their culture. Later, Clint would move his family to the Dry Creek Rancheria in Geyserville. It was while living next to his great-aunt, Laura Somersal, that he became interested in weaving. Through years of patient guidance, Laura taught him the art of Pomo basket weaving, including the ceremonial customs, that accompany the gathering, processing, and weaving of Pomo Baskets. Clint was fortunate to also receive guidance from another of his great-aunts, Mabel McKay, who shared her knowledge of Pomo basket weaving. In addition to Basket weaving, Laura taught Clint the Dry Creek Language, and was the main influence in the formation of the Dry Creek Pomo Traditional Dancers. In following the guidance of his elders, Clint is now teaching the Pomo/Wappo traditions to his family and other members of the community.

3 Sisters

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Josephine, Mary, and Laura are the daughters of Clint and Lucy McKay.  They are raising their children to value, practice, and embody the traditions of their family and ancestors.  Laura's husband, Carlos, is also involved in helping preserve and promote our culture. They support and encourage their children to learn and practice the Native languages of both sides of their families, as well as how and when to gather traditional food and basketry materials.

Next Generation

The granddaughters weaving at Pepperwood (2018).

Our children are the heart of our future.  Hui-nupy-othma, Khatse-shinney-lahkmapi, He-ke-a-ke, and Tee-wai-yu , all actively participate in everything that we do, and have done so their entire lives. Our children are unique because they walk in two worlds, the native world and the western world. They know how important it is to keep our cultural traditions alive, and they are eager to do their part.