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Thomasa Rivas was born in her family’s little one-room house on the Tohono O’odham reservation. Over time she developed her skills in weaving, beading, and
sewing. She gathers Bear grass, Yucca, and various native grasses for weaving
baskets, and also sews and designs traditional O’odham dresses. Thomasa speaks
her native language fluently. “I want people to know who we are, that we are
still here, and I share that through my art making, storytelling, and love for
Kate and her companion Ted are land stewards for 25 acres of high desert grassland, located 35 miles southwest of Tucson, near the Mexican border. They purchased this property for the purpose of sharing it with artists, and all who seek a special place to “be” and to do. We call it, “The Land With No Name, Sanctuary for Homeless Sculpture”. The basket making class will be held here. “Let us explore with adventure and appreciation this border region in which we live, including the people, animals, and plants that all live here together.” Kate is a sculptor and teaches art to all ages in Tucson.