‘Our Story’ Explores Native Perspectives

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An art show that began as a degree requirement for arts student Miki’ala Catalfano developed into an annual, monthlong exhibition of 20 artists representing 14 native groups, filling a void of art shows addressing native issues. Now in its second year, the goal of “Our Story: Identity,” a native arts exhibition coordinated by the Native Arts Cultural Collective, is to represent the work of native artists from a native point of view. The exhibition showcases a spectrum of art mediums from drawing, painting, sculpture and fiber to native perspectives expressed in music, spoken word and film.

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In addition to the permanent display, artists will demonstrate traditional native art forms, including basketry, jewelry and regalia. The exhibition also includes a “Native Market Day,” a marketplace for native arts and crafts.

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The exhibition is a vehicle for an array of native voices: North State Native Americans, tribes from Southern California, the Southwest and Alaska, and native Hawaiian and Mexican expatriates with close ties to their indigenous cultures. The show begins with an opening reception and meet-and-greet with the artists, Saturday, Nov. 21, and ends with a special performance by native blues band Loose Arrow with Aaron Lucero, Saturday, Dec. 19.

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What: Native Arts Cultural Collective presents “Our Story, Our Identity”
When: Nov. 20 to Dec. 19; Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays noon to 8 p.m.
Where: 1420 Yuba Street, Market Street Promenade, Redding
Cost: All events are free

Following is the “Our Story: Identity” schedule of special events:

Fri, Nov. 20 Event Opens
Sat, Nov. 21 Opening Reception, 5 to 8 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 27 & Sat, Nov. 28 Native Films Weekend, 5 to 8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 4 Poetry Reading, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 5 Basketry Presentation, 1 to 3 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 11 Bear Grass Presentation, 6 to 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 12 Native Market Day, noon to 9 p.m.; Maidu Primitive Arts, 1 to 4 p.m.; ArtHop reception for “Our Story” artists, 6 to 9 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 18 Traditional Pit River Storytelling, 6 to 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 19 Performance by native blues band Loose Arrow, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit nativeartscc.org or email nativeartscc@gmail.com.

Adam Mankoski is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Reach Adam at adamm.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner are the owners of HawkMan Studios and the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday Art Hop.
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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Loves to Eat says:

    Adam,

    Could you include the artist's names responsible for the beautiful art included in your article? Fantastic pieces!

    Thanks.

  2. Avatar Miki'ala Catalf says:

    The colorful painting, "Colors of Ishi" is by Vanessa Schofield, the sculpture, "Healing God" is by Donovan Yazzie, the painting of Zuni woman, "Social Dancer" is by Edward Wemytewa and the landscape, "Lower Colfax" is by Kathleen Woolsey.

  3. Avatar Luke says:

    Awesome to bring such and inspirational show to our region.
    Thank you to all those responsible.
    Luke

  4. Avatar Ann Webber says:

    Thank you Adam for featuring this wonderful show. And congratulations Miki’ala, I know how much effort you put into this. Last year we thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to seeing all of the new work.