Sonoran Desert Fibers, Fur, and Fun

Class Dates

January 29, 2021 to February 05, 2021

Meeting Days

Fridays, 10 - 11:30 AM


Online Course



Course Instructor(s)

Course Description

Today basic survival for most of us means regular trips to the supermarket or the hardware store. But imagine living in the Sonoran Desert five hundred years ago. Everything you needed came from right here. This virtual two-part course explores local fiber resources and individual plant species ancient native peoples of the Sonoran Desert as well as many modern ethnic groups such as Tohono O'odham, Yaqui, Mayo, Guarijio, Seri, Pai Pai have traditionally used. Participants will be inspired and encouraged to experiment with ethnobotanical materials to make their own cordage at home and discover materials and tools they might encounter in their own backyards or neighborhoods.

Join Desert Museum’s Research Associate and recipient of the Southwestern Folklife Alliance Master- Apprentice Award Jesús García and explore the variety of fibers used by native peoples in the Sonoran Desert region. Come away with a new view of the desert's hidden fibers and some great sense of place activities to share with others.

Attendance & Participation

This course will be delivered via the University of Arizona Zoom platform. The two class sessions will be LIVE ONLINE and will be recorded. The recordings will be shared with registered students after each session to facilitate access for those who cannot make the live sessions.


Online registration for this course is now open. After registration participants will receive instructions about how to access the course online. 


Refunds are available and need to be requested before or by February 4. To drop a class, please contact Kerstin Miller at 520-621-5111 or A $25 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply.