Presentations/Book signings:

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Special Preview of REVERENCE
February 21, 2020 in the events area
Times: 2pm-8pm

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/369661823
For only the second time, a new short film “Reverence” starring Kapono Aluli Souza, will be shown to the public on the opening night of the San Francisco Tribal and Textile Show. The independent film produced by Hawaii Film + Arts International is set in pre-contact Hawaiʻi, and tells the story of one warrior’s journey and his deep love for his chief. Based on moʻolelo of the final resting places of the great chiefs of Hawaiʻi, this film reflects a deep reverence for life entrusting one warrior with the sacred act of hiding his beloved chief’s bones. To ensure they would never be found, he traveled in secret.

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Variations on a Loom: the J.B. Moore Collection: Robert & Anne Smith, Sat & Sun 3pm

Shown for the first time, this is the private collection of Robert and Anne Smith and will include more than 45 examples of Navajo weavings produced through the J.B. Moore Crystal Trading Post during the early 1900s. J.B. Moore produced mail-order catalogs featuring hand-woven Navajo rugs that incorporated Oriental motifs into the traditional indigenous designs. The variations seen in the finished textiles reflect the weavers' cultural and artistic contribution.

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The Casspir Project: Ralph Ziman artist,
Rendon Gallery, Sat & Sun 2pm

Ralph Ziman born in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently living and working in Los Angeles, California, created The Casspir Project, a multimedia presentation featuring SPOEK-1, an eleven ton Casspir military vehicle covered in 70 million glass beads designed in collaboration with artisans from Zimbabwe and the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.  Ziman will speak about the project and the conversation he hopes it will provoke. 
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Anthony Meyer, Tribal Art: Past, Present, & Future Sat 12:30

Internationally recognized expert, author, teacher and an exhibitor in many of the world's greatest art fairs, notably TEFAF in Maastricht, Frieze Masters in London, and Parcours des Mondes in Paris.

Meyer traces the emergence of tribal materials as an art form, beginning with the first encounters of the European explorers with the source cultures of Africa, Oceania and the Americas in the 15th century, the appearance of the Cabinets of Curiosities formed largely by members of the upper class, and the advent of the collectors, dealers and museums who have played a significant role in the history and development of the Tribal Art Market. Meyer will discuss the Future of tribal art as an art form, a cultural signifier, and a viable market option as it is being tested today by social movements and unprecedented government policies and regulations. The lecture will be supported by relevant images from the past to the present.
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Thomas Murray will discuss his book: Rarities, the Himalayas to Hawaii, Sun 1pm

The great migrations of peoples, languages and cultures bring fascinating archaeological, linguistic, genetic, anthropological and artistic insights. Certain recurring iconographic themes demonstrate how connected our shared human experience truly is, and how archetypes may be identified and tracked across great distances, whether by a process of cultural diffusion or as subliminal products of the shared collective unconscious. This book takes up those questions and contemplates the nature of aesthetic quality, religious philosophy, and the relation between art and the human condition.



Friends of Ethnic Art Presents the Sunday Morning Lecture:

Innovation in Pueblo Arts: Tradition, Transformation,
and the Marketplace

by Bruce Bernstein, PhD

WHEN:, Sunday, February 17, 2019 | 10:00am
WHERE: Marin Civic Center

WHAT: At the turn of the 20th century, the notion of Indian art as art in its own right and not ethnography was a foreign concept. Dr. Bernstein will discuss what has happened since then, focusing on Pueblo pottery and paintings. It is a story of the ever-evolving independent creativity of Native artists to shape their arts, culture, and their market.

Dr. Bruce Bernstein is a leading authority on Native arts of the American Southwest. He has held directorship positions at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, The Museum of Indian Art (Santa Fe), and The Santa Fe Indian Market. Currently, he serves as Executive Director with the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pueblo of Pojoaque.

Book Signing: Navajo Weavers of the American Southwest
by author Peter Hiller

Author Peter Hiller joins us to present and sign his newly released book, Navajo Weavers of the American Southwest. Hiller, with co-authors Ann Lane Hedlund and Ramono Sakiestewa, has written a historical study of how postcards, popular beginning in the late 1800's, documented the lives and work of the Navajo weavers. "These historical pictures illuminate perceived traditional weaving practices. The authors' accompanying narratives deepen the perspective and relate imagery to modern life." This is the first publication from Arcadia Press's Postcard History Series.

Retired art educator Peter Hiller has collected native cultural materials since his youth; this volume is comprised primarily of his vintage postcards, photographs, and select artworks. Hiller curates the Jo Mora Trust Collection and has a biography about Mora forthcoming.



WHEN: Sunday, February 18th |10am Presentation & 2pm Printing Workshop
WHERE: Marin Civic Center, Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA
WHAT: Exhibit & presentation of the work of photographer EDWARD CURTIS. Beginning in the late 1800s and continuing over the next thirty years, Curtis took over 40,000 images and recorded rare ethnographic information from over eighty American Indian tribal groups, ranging from the Eskimo or Inuit people of the far north to the Hopi people of the Southwest.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Curtis’s birth, Paul Unks, of Mountain Hawk Fine Art will be exhibiting restored photogravures and gold tones of Curtis’s masterworks at the 2018 American Indian Art Show|Marin.  He will also give a special presentation on Curtis and the Native Americans, as well as a “How it’s Made” printing workshop showing the art and craft of how Curtis made, and now Unks makes, highly specialized photogravures and gold tones.  

Presentation; “The Life and Times of the Shadow Catcher” February 18th @ 10 am.
Printing Workshop; February 18th @ 2 pm.   

2017 Lectures & Symposia

Behind the Scenes Tour at the California Academy of Sciences!

Get a glimpse behind the scenes at the California Academy of Sciences with a visit to the Anthropology collection.  Comprised of nearly 16,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, this collection spans the globe, with strengths from the U.S. Southwest and the Pacific Islands, and historic basketry from California.

Pending and Past Legislation and Their Effects on the Tribal Art World

In response to the 2016 Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act) and in anticipation of a new 2017 STOP Act, the panel will discuss the work being done to ensure that new legislation doesn't taint the entire Indian art market, harm local economies, and reduce income to tribal artisans. They will explain how tribal art dealers can work together with tribes on voluntary donations of sacred and ceremonial objects, establish positive relationships and explore new paths for communication between tribes and the arts community.

Moderator: Kim Martindale
Panelists: Mark Blackburn, Kate Fitz Gibbon and Bob Gallegos.

OPEN HOUSE for Marin Show vendors and visitors !

• Art Exhibition • Curator’s introduction • Meet the Collectors • Rock Art talk • Native American Snacks

Navajo copper squash blossom necklace,
c. 1890
Zuni necklace,
c. 1935-40
Mary Kallestewa,
c. 1940s
Leo Poblano,
c. 1945
Kenneth Begay silver and ironwood necklace,
c. 1955

The History of Southwest Indian Jewelry from Mid 19th Century Through the 1950’s
when the Name-Driven Marketplace Began

Steve and Diana Begner of Turkey Mountain Traders will share stories and images of the history and traditions of Southwest jewelry.

2016 Lectures & Symposia

Nampeyo Firing, 1901, Vroman Adam Clark
Vroman Photograph. Smithsonian. 
Nampeyo, 1903. Photograph by Homer Earle Sargent, Jr.
Library of Congress.

In Search Of Nampeyo: The Early Years 1875 – 1892.
Author Steve Elmore reviews his art-history research on the early work of the great Hopi potter Nampeyo. This talk will detail findings in the Keam collection at Harvard's Peabody Museum and tell the story of Nampeyo's early career through a careful study of the earliest known collection of her work. Steve Elmore is the author of the book "In Search of Nampeyo: The Early Years 1875 – 1892."

Special Exhibit, 2015

"Yesterday and Today" will compare 150 historic - seldom displayed - California Indian baskets from the Collection of the California Academy of Sciences with 45 contemporary baskets created by CIBA Master Weavers.

A major traveling exhibition of California Indian basketry, "Yesterday and Today," will premier at "Art of the Americas" in Marin, February 20 – 22, 2015. The exhibition will demonstrate that California Indian basketry is the finest art ever produced in our state.

"Yesterday and Today" is designed and produced by the California Indian Basketweavers' Association (CIBA) in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences and KR Martindale Show Management.

The 31st Annual Marin Show - Art of the Americas

Yesterday & Today See the Exhibition

Basket Weavers at Academy of Sciences

Special Exhibits 2014  

The 30th Annual Marin Show - Art of the Americas

The Master Weavers of the Toadlena
Two Grey Hills Region