To'nam Konai , 2020.
Malissa Tayaba (Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians)
Clamshell necklace: American River Dogbane cordage, Kadema River clam. Tule bag: tule. Tule skirt: tule and American River Dogbane cordage. Willow basket: willow.

To’nam Konai comes from the confluence of the Ta’mom and American Rivers. She gathers along the waterways and villages of her relatives collecting traditional plants, food, medicine, and ancestral memory.

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She is a reminder, as she is reminded, that all plants, all life depends on the river. Tule skirt, willow basket, dogbane, and Kadema river shells adorn her. She is still alive, she still gathers, she still speaks to us. She says to bring the tule back. She says to call the salmon home, and she tells us to restore the Rivers. Our water is sick. It needs the plants that purify, it needs our ceremony and songs, it needs our people to begin the healing.

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