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The Weavers' Gifts

Artist: Alan Counihan (2001)

The Weavers' Gifts commemorates and celebrates the indigenous Costanoan-Ohlone Peoples, especially the Tamien Ohlone Indians who inhabited the land along the Guadalupe River where the sculpture is located. The sculpture is composed of four elements:

  • The names of the 54 Ohlone tribal groups who inhabited California into the late eighteenth century, these are inscribed on pre-existing granite seat walls
  • A 4’ high carved-granite basket representing a functional and creative part of the Ohlone culture
  • A 5’ high carved granite mortar, broken to represent broken tradition; and
  • A stone representation of an unfinished coiled basket inlaid into the paving with inscribed text that speaks to the history and future of the Ohlone people.

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Report a Concern: (408) 793-04330 or publicart@sanjoseca.gov.

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