Essie Pinola Parrish

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Essie Pinola Parrish
Born 1902
Died 1979
Nationality Pomo
Known for Basket weaving, Second language acquisition

Essie Pinola Parrish (1902–1979), was the last Kashaya Pomo spiritual leader and an expert basketweaver.[1][2][3]


"She was acknowledged as her people’s “dreamer” at age 6 and had a great ability to prophesy and interpret dreams."[4]

She educated Kashaya children in the Kashaya Pomo language, and "presented Robert Kennedy with a treasured hand-woven basket when he visited the Kashaya reservation to investigate conditions in Indian schools."[4]

She "compiled a Kashaya Pomo dictionary, working with Robert Oswalt, a Berkeley scholar well-known in the field of Indian linguistics."[5] Her work on Kashaya Pomo is in the California Language Archive.[6] She "helped create over 20 anthropological films documenting Pomo culture and ceremonies."[7]

Essie Parrish, "along with Mabel McKay, of the revitalized Bole Maru Dreamer religion, spoke at the New School in New York on March 14, 1972."[8]


"Toward the end of the world, when I am no longer here ... it's important people remember and respect."[9]

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  1. ^ Sarris, Greg (1993). Keeping Slug Woman Alive. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-08007-2. 
  2. ^ Oswalt, Robert L. (1964). Kashaya texts. University of California publications in linguistics 36. University of California Press. 
  3. ^ Sarris, Greg (1994). Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20968-0. 
  4. ^ a b "Native American Women's History Quiz". National Women's History Project. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Essie Parrish, Kashaya Pomo Doctor". PR Web: Marin Museum of the American Indian presents The Final Fall Lecture Series. 2002-10-27. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Essie Parrish – California Language Archive". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  7. ^ "29 Nov 2012 :: Essie Parrish". our herstory .:. bourne women. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  8. ^ Rothenburg, Jerome. "Outsider Poems, a Mini-Anthology in Progress (52): Essie Parish in New York". Jerome Rothenburg Poems and Poetics. Jacket2. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  9. ^ Silver, Miriam (2001-02-10). "Miwok Author Credit Elders". Canku Ota (29). Retrieved 2013-04-08. 

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