Native Lands: Jack Dykinga, a photography exhibit of Native American landscapes, will be presented at the G2 Gallery in Venice.

The exhibit, which features images by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga, will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The showing is described as a photographic journey through the ancestral lands of nine North American tribes that are revitalizing the environment using traditional techniques.

This exhibit coincides with Native American Heritage Month and proceeds will directly benefit the conservation efforts of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a G2 spokesperson says.

The photographs featured in the exhibit are the focus of a photo essay by author Charles Bowden that was featured in the August issue of National Geographic.

“The images and text speak of tradition and renewal, of what was and what is, and what the current generation of native leaders hopes to achieve,” the gallery spokesperson said.

The following tribal areas are represented in the exhibit: White Mountain Fort Apache Reservation (Arizona), InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness (California), Big Cypress Seminole Reservation (Florida), Red Lake Ojibwe/Chippewa (Minnesota), Salish Kootenai Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness (Montana), Sioux and Assiniboine Fort Peck Reservation (Montana), Santa Clara Pueblo (New Mexico), Nez Perce Precious Lands (Oregon), and Shoshone Arapahoe Wind River Roadless Area (Wyoming).

“I was amazed with the biographical and geographical diversity as well as the visceral connection that the tribes have with their landscapes,” Dykinga said.

Native Lands: Jack Dykinga is made possible in part by a donation from Seminole Hard Rock.

Dykinga was also struck by some of the similarities that the tribes share.

“The sophistication of conserving the land and the universal theme of water being a critical component for them was very interesting,” he noted.

The reception will include wine and hors d’oeuvres. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. Reservations, events@theg2gallery.com.

Exhibition-related events include a presentation by Dykinga at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20.

The exhibit will run until Dec. 31.

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