Honoring Native American Heritage Month with Two Featured Films

In recognition of Native American Heritage month, two films will be shown in the Art and Art History Department, Art Building, room 108 on Wednesday, November 6 at 12:00 p.m. There is no admission fee required. The two films are: Helen Hardin, Santa Clara painter and Dream Dances of the Kashia Pomo: The Bole-Maru religion women's dances.

Helen Hardin was the daughter of Pablita Velarde, one of the first Native American artists to adopt formal Western style painting to depict traditional Native life. Before her untimely death from breast cancer at age 41, a cause being honored for the month of October, Helen Hardin portrayed images of Katsina spirits and figures from ancient Mimbres pottery in her formal abstract paintings.

The Kashia Pomo Indians live just North of campus along the coast. The second video will present footage of five women's dances that express contemporary native beliefs reflecting the influences of the Ghost Dance religion of the 19 century, Christianity, and World War II. The dances were recorded in the 1960s.

For more information about this showing, contact Karen Kessel, Visual Resource Specialist at karen.kessel@sonoma.edu.