Sonoran Desert Fibers, Fur, and Fun

Fiber, Fur and Fun

Class Dates

November 05, 2021 to November 12, 2021

Meeting Days

Fridays, 9 - 11 AM


Mission Gardens



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 in-person 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.

This course is limited to 20 participants.

This workshop is offered in partnership with Southwest Folklife Alliance.

Course Format

Registered community members will meet with Jesús García in two in-person sessions on the following Fridays from 9 to 11 AM: November 5 and 12.


Online registration for this course opens on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 10 a.m.


Refunds are available and need to be requested before the second class meeting (November 11). To drop a class, please contact us at 520-626-6694 or  A $25 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply. 

Location & Parking

Class meets at Mission Gardens at 946 W Mission Ln, Tucson, AZ 85745  


Street parking is available