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She Sang Me A Good Luck Song: April 7 2017 – July 23 2017
Step into a vibrant Native California through photographs by Dugan Aguilar and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
Native American photographer Dugan Aguilar’s self-described purpose is to “show Natives alive and well.” For almost forty years, Dugan traveled across California to photograph gatherings where California Indian people meet. Featuring stunning photographs by Dugan Aguilar and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, this exhibition offers an authentic and current view of California Indian people, communities, and land.
The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is comprised of the living descendants of the Mutsun speakers of the greater San Juan Bautista area, and the Awaswas speakers of the greater Santa Cruz area, who have continually occupied the greater Monterey Bay area for countless generations prior to European contact.
Dugan Aguilar comes from the Mountain Maidu, Washoe, Pit River, and Walker River Paiute People of California and Nevada. He was staff photographer for the California Indian Basketweavers Association and California Indian Storytellers Association. He resides in Northern California and attended UC Santa Cruz.
This exhibition is a partnership with Exhibit Envoy, Heyday, the Native Fund, Theresa Harlan, Dugan Aguilar, and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.
Exhibit Related Events:
Friday April 7th, 6-9pm
Celebrate the opening of She Sang Me A Good Luck Song with live music, a talk by Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Lopez, and a seed bomb art activity for all ages.
Friday April 21st, 6-9pm
Break through borders of all kinds alongside inspiring local organizations fighting for political, cultural and artistic justice.
Drum Fest at UC Santa Cruz
Sat April 22nd, 12-4pm, Exact location TBD
Celebrate Indigenous Cultures of the Americas with dance, food, and fun. Produced by the UCSC American Indian Resource Center. See event updates here.
May 19th, 6-9pm
Join Dugan Aguilar in the gallery to learn stories behind his photographs.
Native Histories Lecture by Tsim Schneider at UCSC
Sat May 20th, 1-3pm, Cervantes and Valesquez Conference Room, Bay Tree Building at UCSC
Learn about Native histories, colonial lives, and the archaeology of post-mission landscape in California with Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tsim Schneider
MAH Members Native Plant Tour with Amah Mutsun Tribal Members
Friday May 26th, 10am-12pm, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
Step outside for an intimate tour of California native plants with Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Members, and Rick Flores, the Curator of the UCSC Arboretum California Native Plant Collection. *Only 20 spots available for MAH Members.
Amah Mutsun Land Trust Volunteer Work Day at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park
Second Saturday of each month, from 10:30am-2:30pm
Gather outside in the Mutsun Gardens and help native plants grow. Please RSVP or ask any questions by emailing Jay Scherf at email@example.com
Amah Mutsun Land Trust Volunteer Work Day at the Pie Ranch
Third Saturday of each month, from 1:00-5:00pm
Gather outside in the Mutsun Gardens at Pie Ranch and help native plants grow. At the end of the work day, Pie Ranch hosts a potluck and barn dance, which volunteers are invited to join. Please RSVP by emailing Julisa Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org
This exhibition is a partnership with Exhibit Envoy, Heyday, the Native Fund, Theresa Harlan, Dugan Aguilar, and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band