In honor of theBabae, the Divine Feminine, the Sacred Vessel,
We weave, we carve, we sail,
Grace Villarin Dueñas
Photo notes (top to bottom): First two photos were taken on Sun, May 12th Mother’s Day; 1. Maquette of a bigiw which was originally carved by Alexis Canillo (Pomo/Bisayan), and now entrusted to me by Bangka Journey. Shown here with the tools to measure the proportions before beginning to water and carve out the red cedar. Since May, I’ve been watering the maquette and covering it in the same way that we’ve been taking care of the bangka; 2. Leng Leng carving a paddle next to the covered bankga, while L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Acjachemem) shares a song she wrote for the plank canoe that they are making in the California Canoe tradition; 3. BA, hand-thrown bowl with the assistance of my Teacher Larry Henderson.