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Grand Performances (GP) amplifies the voices of artists Layla Locklear (Tuscarora/Oglala Sioux), Charly Lowry (Lumbee/Tuscarora), and Bear Fox (Akwesasne/Mohawk Nation) for a first-time collaboration in Los Angeles. Locklear is an accomplished musician, Native American rights activist, and advocate for Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Lowry makes passionate music that intersects with her activism in standing up for Lumbee and Native American rights. Both Locklear and Lowry are members of Ulali Project – one of the most important and enduring Native American women’s…
Indigenous Pride L.A. 2019 is Los Angeles’s only Pride event that honors and celebrates Two Spirit, Indigenous LGBTQPAI, Indigiqueer, Third Gender, Fourth Gender, and other sacred genders and gender roles of various Indigenous peoples, nations, and tribes from around the world. This year’s theme is “Honoring All Our Relations.” Outside on the Autry Lawn, the event will feature food, live music performances, singing, dancing, and cultural performances by various Indigenous individuals and groups. In addition, there will be arts and…
American Indian Heritage Month is a citywide commemoration of American Indian history, heritage, and tradition in Los Angeles. The celebration will acknowledge American Indian contributions in the areas of education, religion, the arts, culture, and the humanities. Events include community gatherings, educational programs, gallery exhibits, and music, theater, and dance performances. Various sites throughout Los Angeles
The RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) annually presents works by Authentic American Indian and Indigenous storytellers, promoting, advocating and empowering independent filmmakers, media artists and content creators of Native peoples. RNIFF Nurtures the Native Narrative beyond the Hollywood perception. Check website for times, locations, ticket prices plus free events.
The largest Native American arts fair in Southern California, the Autry’s American Indian Arts Marketplace features 200 Native American artists from more than 40 nations. Buy sculpture, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings, mixed-media works, and more from top Native American artists. Plus, enjoy a full weekend of food, performances, children’s activities, artist demonstrations, and the annual Short Play Festival from Native Voices, the Autry’s award-winning resident theatre company.
Southern California’s largest American Indian arts market! More than 200 Native American artists representing more than 40 tribes will be in Los Angeles this November for the Autry’s annual Marketplace. Featuring the finest in contemporary and traditional American Indian arts, the festival includes performances, children’s activities, informative talks and demonstrations, and the annual short play festival from Native Voices, the Autry’s resident theatre company. Adults – $15, Students & Seniors – $10, Children – $6, Members – Free
The Pow Wow gathers everyone into Downtown Los Angeles to celebrate our many cultures on the land of one of the first villages in Los Angeles. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come celebrate our culture as we remain a vital part of the Los Angeles community. Enjoy Art and Crafts vendors, Dance Contests, Native Foods, Hoop Dancers and more.
The LA SKINS FEST annually showcases works by independent Native American filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of Native American people. Check website for times, locations and ticket prices.
For the past three decades, David Bradley (Minnesota Chippewa, born 1954) has been a recognized voice from Indian Country, confronting through his art questions of identity, self-determination, and self-representation, as well as definitions of “traditional” Indian art. Drawing influence from diverse sources such as Santa Fe–style painting of the 1930s–40s, Renaissance art, pop culture, advertising, and film, Bradley’s work is at once serious and fun, historical and contemporary.
Featuring paintings, sketches, and lithographs, Coyote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fonseca focuses on the recurring figure of Coyote, a trickster, shape shifter, and storyteller capable of moving undetected between different worlds. This exhibition explores the complexity of Harry Fonseca’s (Nisenan Maidu, Hawaiian, Portuguese, 1946–2006) art within the context of a contemporary world, in which new freedoms and old biases often exist side-by-side. As both a gay man and a person of mixed heritage, Fonseca used his work…