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Reawakening the Great Basin: A Native American Arts and Cultural Gathering

Reawakening the Great Basin: A Native American Arts and Cultural Gathering

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony comes together with the Nevada Museum of Art at Hands ON! on Second Saturday to celebrate Native American art, culture, community, and tradition. During this FREE Artown event, the public is invited to meet several established and emerging Native American visual artists from across the region, who will be selling their traditional and contemporary creations, and sharing their knowledge. Numerous performing artists will demonstrate a variety of traditional dances, including Grindstone Patwin Dancers, Owens Valley Paiute War Dancers, the RSIC Pow Wow Club, Eagle Wing Pageant Dancers and more. The gathering also features basket weaving, creation of Tule duck decoys, hand game demonstrations, Language and Culture Youth Storytellers, Indian tacos, Native American Royalty, hands-on art projects, gallery talks, and storytelling. Bring the whole family to learn, listen, shop, participate, and celebrate during this very special community day. 

10:30 am | Opening Ceremony featuring RSIC Pow Wow Club with drumming by The Mankillers and Battle Horse
11:30 am | Owens Valley Paiute War Dancers
11:30 am | RSIC Language and Culture Youth Storytellers share Great Basin Creation Stories
12:30 pm | Hoop Dance by Sage Romero
12:30 pm | Grindstone Patwin Dancers
1:30 pm | RSIC Eagle Wing Pageant Dance Group
2:30 pm | Hoop Dance by Sage Romero
3:30 pm | RSIC Pow Wow Club with drumming by The Mankillers and Battle Horse

10 am – 5 pm | Toi Ticutta Traditional Paiute Tule Duck Decoy Demonstrations with Joey Allen
10 am – 5 pm | Demonstrations by the Great Basin Native Basket Weavers 
10 am – 5 pm | Hands-on project for Kids – Pictographs on Slate inspired by the Great Basin Tribes with Visiting Artist, Sara Paschall, Pyramid Lake Paiute

11 am and 2 pm | Gallery Talk with artist, Jack Malotte and Museum curator, Ann Wolfe
12 and 3 pm | Gallery Talk on the Eagle Dance by Riley Stump

Basin to Bay Designs | Beaded Items, Pillows and Blankets by Ramona Darrough and Linda Jones | Beaded Goods and Ribbon Shirts by Charlotte Frye | Artwork by Melissa Melero, Steve Nighthawk, Ben Aleck, Paul Stone, Jack Malotte, Jean LaMarr and Mack Johnson | Great Basin Baskets by Leah Brady, Frances Shaw, Sandra Eagle and Tammie Henry | Beadwork and Sewn Materials by Sandra Talancon | Val and Trish’s Beadwork | Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum | “Winnowing Basket” | Beadwork and Handmade Jewelry by Leasha Wyatt | Tom’s Family Native Jewelry | Comic Books by James McCloud | Dentallium and Beaded Acorns Accessories and Coastal Jewelry by North Coast Apparel | Ralph’s Silver Shop 



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Title Sponsor: Thomas P. Raley Foundation

Lead sponsorship for the Hands ON! program through 2024 is provided by the Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation.

Additional sponsors: The City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission; Mercedes-Benz of Reno, an AutoNation Company; US Bank

Media sponsorship by Ahora Latino Journal, Entravision, and El Sol de Nevada.

Hospitality Sponsor: Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Ongoing Programs
July 14, 2018 10 am – 5 pm
FREE General
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