Lois Jean Conner (Chuckchansi, Southern Miwok, and Western Mono), O'Neals, California


Taught to weave by her mother and two aunts, Lois excels at both twined and coiled cradleboards and is known especially for her gambling trays, soaproot brushes, and cradleboards. Formerly curator of the Sierra Mono Museum, Lois is now a full-time basket weaver whose work is widely exhibited and collected. She is a member of the California Indian Basketweavers Association. Lois was a participant in the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.