We are honored to present the Nic Fiore Award Winners for 2018.
Julia and Ralph Parker.
Julia and Ralph Parker have been involved with the Yosemite Winter Club since the early 1950’s right after they came to live in Yosemite Valley. Ralph Parker is a Great Grandson of Bridgeport Tom and Luisa Sam of the Mono Lake Paiute Indians. Julia Parker is Coastal Miwuk-Kashia Pomo from Graton, CA.
Ralph started skiing at the age of 4 behind the Indian Village in Yosemite Valley. Since then, he has passed down his love of skiing to his children Virginia, Louis, Lucy, and Allen all of whom raced for the Yosemite Winter Club in the 1960’s and 1970's. Winter sports in the family did not stop there. Ralph’s grandchildren Ursula Jones (Furr), Mato-Kuwapi Parker, M’so Parker, Yuodde Kauk, and Lonnie Kauk all raced for Yosemite Winter Club as well. Today, he has two great-grandchildren on the race team-Madison and Dylan Parker. Ralph worked for the National Park Service for over 50 years, finishing his career as a Road Foreman, keeping the roads clear to Badger Pass.
Julia Parker followed her husband Ralph to Yosemite in 1949. She learned the beautiful art of basket weaving from her grandmother in-law Lucy Telles. Ida Bishop and Mabel McKay were also some of Julia’s early teachers. Julia started working for the National Park Service when she was 20 years old as a cultural demonstrator up until her retirement in 2014. She has presented baskets to Queen Elizabeth the Second and the Norwegian Ski Association. Her work is also displayed in the National Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. Julia received an Honorary Doctorate from the California College of the Arts in 2006. She spends her retirement teaching her daughter Lucy, granddaughter Ursula, and great-granddaughter Naomi the art of basket weaving.
Julia and Ralph Parker, long-time residents and employees of Yosemite, created a multi-generation of Yosemite Winter Club members that spans over 50 years. The Yosemite Winter Club would like to thank them for promoting winter sports in Yosemite. Congratulations to Julia and Ralph Parker, the 2018 recipients of the Nic Fiore Award!