100 Years of Collecting

Family festival and celebration at the Autry Museum, October 11

Published on LatinoLA: September 29, 2003

100 Years of Collecting

Celebrate the partnership between the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage with the exhibition opening of Glorious Treasures: 100 Years of Collecting by the Southwest Museum. This exhibition highlights objects collected since the Southwest Society made its initial acquisitions in 1904. In addition to seldom-seen ceramics and clothing from the Southwest's Central and South American holdings, you will see the very best California baskets, magnificent Pueblo pots, and stunning Navajo textiles. A rare Nez Perce quill-wrapped horsehair shirt and a headdress worn by White Swan (Crow), a scout for the U.S. Army at the Battle of the Little Big Horn are also on display. The Western Americana section features the flag raised by John C. Fr?mont at Gavilan Peak in 1846. Alfred Jacob Miller, Maynard Dixon, and John Woodhouse Audubon are among the extraordinary artists featured in this premier exhibition.

The opening celebration, taking place on Saturday, October 11, begins with a blessing of the exhibition gallery by representatives from the Gabrielino/Tongva Nation. Following this, the Tongva Dancers will perform songs and dances. Xavier Quijas Yxayotl will present a music program, using authentic replicas of ancient instruments that will highlight the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. The music continues with a performance of Northwest Coast songs by Jacques Condor. The Red Tipi Dancers will dance and play the big drum in a demonstration of Southern Plains-style powwow music. The day will conclude with a presentation featuring the sounds of traditional Central American music by Martin Espino. All programs are FREE with museum admission.


The Tongva Dancers perform traditional songs and dances.
Presentation Time: 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl performs Aztec and Mayan music.
Presentation Time: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

The Red Tipi Dancers dance and play the big drum in a demonstration of Southern Plains-style powwow music.
Presentation Time: 2:15 and 3:00 p.m.

Craft Activity/Artist Demonstration
Presentation Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Create your very own parfleche, a carrying case made by many Native Americans from the Plains, to take home!

Jacques Condor performs Northwest Coast songs.
Presentation Time: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Martin Espino (pictured) presents traditional Central American music.
Presentation Time: 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Screening of the documentary The World of American Indian Dance, a one-hour documentary narrated by Peter Coyote. It is designed to introduce audiences throughout the world to the beauty, artistry, athleticism, and competition of dance as displayed by Native American tribes and nations. Information and images on this film available at www.4d-enter.com.

Artist Demonstrations
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Marian Walkingstick (Juane?o) and Abe Sanchez demonstrate Native American basket making.
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
David Largo (Cahuilla) demonstrates Cahuilla pottery.

Family Workshop
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Craig Torres (Tongva) creates traditional Tongva/Gabrielino shell bracelets that children can take home.

The Autry Museum of Western Heritage provides rich learning opportunities for all people by exploring the myths and realities of the American West and its diverse populations. The museum enhances our understanding of the present by collecting, preserving, and interpreting objects and art, making connections between people today and those who have shaped the past.

Museum admission: General adult, $7.50: seniors and students with valid ID, $5: children ages 12 and under, $3. All programs are wheelchair accessible. Located in Los Angeles's Griffith Park where the Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways meet, the Autry Museum is across from the Los Angeles Zoo. On surface streets, it can be reached from Forest Lawn Dr., Victory Blvd., or Los Feliz Blvd. The museum is 15 minutes from the Los Angeles Civic Center and is accessible using MTA Bus Route 96. Parking is free.

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