The Santa Monica Indian Art Show, which show producer Kim Martindale looks at as a “cultural arts classroom” of Native American keepsakes, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 13th; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $8 for general admission and free for ages 17 and under.
The two-day exposition features historic and present-day objects of art, including antique Guatemalan masks, contemporary Southwestern kachinas, jewelry, Plains Indian beadwork, Pacific Northwest carvings and Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial figurines.
The works of well-known Native American artists will be featured in the show, including oil and acrylic paintings by Gregory Lomayesva, multimedia pieces by Baje Whitethorne, prints by Ronald Chee and ledger art by Michael Horse. The show will include contemporary art works by painter Lourenco Gonzalves and handmade leather jackets and vests by Betty George.
About 100 antique dealers and contemporary Native American artists are expected to be on hand at the show to talk with show-goers about their collections of Native American cultural items.
Martindale, who produces contemporary art shows, says that he first attended the show as a boy in Santa Monica, where he began a collection of arrowheads and moccasins. It left a lasting impression on him and he later started producing the Santa Monica Indian Art Show.
Grammy Award-winning musician and maker of handmade instruments Xavier Quijas Yxayotl, a regular feature at the Santa Monica Indian Art Show, will return this year with musical performances spaced throughout the two day event.
Yxayotl is a musician of Huichol heritage who performs ancient music of the Maya, Aztec, Tarahumara, Tepehuane, Yaqui and other indigenous pre-Hispanic peoples of Meso-America.
The name Yxayotl, which means “tears,” was given to him by a Nahuatl shaman during a peyote ceremony in 1977.
Yxayotl lived for a time among the Huichol and Tepehuan tribes in the mountains of Jalisco and Nayarit, Mexico, where he participated in indigenous ceremonies and rituals.
Yxayotl learned the craft of making traditional Native American instruments, as well as ancient instruments of the pre-Hispanic peoples that have become obsolete. Instruments that Yxayotl specializes in include Mayan and Aztec drums and flutes, Tarahumara drums, turtle shells, rain sticks, Teponaxtli log drums, Mayan ocean drums, rattles and gourds.
Additional Native American cultural entertainment at the show will include storytelling by Chumash tribe members Ted and Dennis Garcia. Historically, the Chumash lived along the coast of California between Malibu and Paso Robles.
The Chumash are known for basketry, use of the plank canoe, cave paintings and money made from shells.
Information, (310) 822-9145.