Native California Basketry Researcher and Genealogist
Schwed has been an advocate for the importance of preservation and research into the Traditional Cultural Elements of the Native peoples of the Far West. He has been especially vocal about the significance and importance of the preservation and recognition of the value and aesthetic import of California Indian basketry. His enthusiasm and advocacy have earned him a central place with several organizations focusing on conservation, protection and research. He is a Research Associate and Liaison to the Tulare Archaeological Research Group and the California Rock Art Foundation. Additionally, he is an active member of the Society for California Archaeology and the California Indian Basketweaver’s Association. Schwed earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley and is a life-long native of San Francisco and calls the Noe Valley neighborhood his home.