Weaving the Park

Alongside For Submersion by Sarah Rosalena is Weaving the Park, a series of arts workshops for intertribal Indigenous youth made possible by our partnership with The Chapter House, an Indigenous-led art organization, and Rosalena. These arts workshops focused on the intergenerational exchange of Indigenous knowledge and culture by combining traditional Native craft with digital technology.

Meet the workshop facilitators and learn more about the workshop they each hosted below.

Weaving the Park Workshop 1



The first workshop introduced students to the LA State Historic Park site and Sarah Rosalena’s artwork, For Submersion. During this session, students were encouraged to imagine the land in both past and future. Students began with a walking tour of the park led by Luis Rincon, the park’s Community Engagement Coordinator, and learned about the native plants along the original riverbed of Paayme Paxaayt (Tongva name for the Los Angeles River). Samantha Morales Johnson of the Tongva tribe and plant herbalist and educator Thanh Mai led a Native plant identification and drawing workshop followed by a tea tasting derived from Native plants.

Workshop Facilitators

Thanh Mai
is a Native plant herbalist and mental health advocate who grows, dries, and prepares blends of medicinal teas. All of the plants that they work with are from their ancestral homelands (Vietnam, Chumash territory), as well as home gardens and plots across Tongva territory. Thanh Mai distributes free native seeds and plant medicine to communities without regular access to land and is hoping to build a youth program that provides free herbal medicine and training.

Learn more about their work here.


Samantha Morales Johnson (Tongva, she/her) is the Land Return Coordinator of the Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Land Conservancy (TTPC), a science illustrator, and an ethnobotanist. Alongside her mom, Kimberly Morales Johnson, she started the “Protect White Sage” digital campaign to protect Grandmother White Sage. In her work with TTPC, Morales Johnson has been adapting her ecological knowledge of Tongva ethnobotany to address advanced ecological problems with land return when reintroducing native species to land with non-native species. Samantha Morales Johnson has a BS in Marine Biology from CSU Puvungna.

Learn more about their work here.

Weaving the Park Workshop 2


The second arts workshop was facilitated by fourth-generation Navajo weaver Melissa S. Cody. Students were introduced to the Germantown Revival art movement and its histories as well as the foundations of this weaving style on a loom and spindle. Students had the opportunity to work with the materials, learn color theory and patterns, and become familiarized with the intricacies of Navajo weaving. Cody shared the importance of learning and practicing traditional craft as a way of preserving the continuity of its history to build towards the futurity of Native culture in contemporary worlds.

Workshop Facilitator

Melissa S. Cody (Diné, she/hers) is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and a fourth-generation Navajo weaver. Cody’s intricate tapestries are often associated with the Germantown Revival, a stylistic movement named after the government wool from Germantown in Pennsylvania supplied to the Navajo during the Long Walk in 1864. Working on a traditional Navajo loom, she recombines traditional patterns into sophisticated geometric overlays and haptic color schemes. Cody recently exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada (2019–2020, Ottawa). Her works are featured in several museum collections, including those of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, and the Stark Museum of Art, Texas. Cody received a BA in Museum Studies from the College of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Learn more about their work here.

Weaving the Park Workshop 3

In the final workshop, participants were invited to bring an heirloom that connects them to place, land, and kin and learn from Rosalena on how to 3D scan their object into a digital file. Artist and poet Solange Aguilar guided participants to articulate narratives around their heirloom in a poetry and prose workshop. These activities aim to situate participants as future ancestors, and reflect on what objects and stories they would like to preserve for future generations.


Workshop Facilitator

Solange Aguilar (They/Ze) is a queer Indigenous (Mescalero Apache & Yo’eme) and Filipinx (Kalinga & Kapampangan) multimedia artist and poet based in Qenepstin, Chumash Territory (Santa Barbara, CA). Their visual work mostly focuses on different aspects of Indigeneity, ranging from language revitalization to different expressions of joy to land defense, and their poetry tends to theme around intimacy, vulnerability, and beauty.
Aguilar authored various zines, including Alternatives to White Sage, Palo Santo, Cedar, Sweetgrass, and Copal; which discusses non-appropriative usages of herbs and plant medicine; and Skoden: The Ultimate Indigenous Road Trip Guide; which highlights brick-and-mortar Indigenous businesses across the country. They have illustrated three book covers and received the 2021 Artist2Artist fellowship from the Art Matters Foundation and first place in the Santa Barbara Poetry Slam.

Learn more about their work here.


Clockshop is proud to announce the launch of a digital zine that collects the creative energy and output of the youth participants. Illustrations, poetic reflections, and 3D scanned heirlooms in Augmented Reality (AR) are featured in this publication, which is designed by a team of participants in collaboration with artist and poet Solange Aguilar. We have partnered with @AnArtApp to create these AR experiences—scan the QR codes inside to bring the scans to life.These workshops are in conversation with For Submersion, a new commission of public artwork that recalls ancestral waterways of Paayme Paxaayt by Sarah Rosalena installed at Los Angeles State Historic Park through May 28, 2023.

View the Weaving the Park zine created during these workshops here.

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Clockshop for the Indigenous youth zine. Through this experience, I was able to connect with many like-minded individuals and explore multiple creative outlets. I am very proud to say that I have continued my skills as a zine designer while continuing to learn about traditional ecological knowledge and cultural practices. I hope others get to experience the same!”

– Ethan Molina, Zine Designer