Essie Pinola Parrish

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

Essie Nellie Fisk - Pinola, Parrish (1902–1979), was a 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 (Kashia) children in the Kashaya (Kashia)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]

See also


  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. 

External links

  • Redwood bark doll made by Essie Fisk, Pinola Parrish
  • Pomo Dreamers and Doctors, includes photos of Essie Parrish
  • "Essie Parrish – California Language Archive". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  • "Sucking doctor (DVD video, 2009)". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
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