Press Release: November 2, 2023

The Autry Museum of the American West Hosts its Annual Marshall McKay Seminar for Empowering Native Knowledge: Perspectives on Native Basketry

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(November 2, 2023 - Los Angeles, CA)—Named in honor of Marshall McKay, former Chairman of the Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation Tribal Council and the first Native person to serve as Chair of the Autry’s Board, Marshall McKay Seminar for Empowering Native Knowledge seeks to empower Native knowledge by exploring topics that impact Native communities and beyond. 

On Nov. 18, 2023, the one-day Seminar will focus on baskets and include hands-on workshops exclusively for Native community members. Native basket weavers, knowledge keepers, scholars and other experts will address these topics during a half-day seminar open to the public, followed by an in-person weaving workshop for a limited number of Native community members in the afternoon.

Amanda Wixon, Associate Curator, believes the seminar will empower Native knowledge and help to ensure Native communities have access to their cultural materials at the Autry.

“This year, we have a very diverse set of speakers from all over Indian Country that will share their cultural and environmental knowledge and experience with our seminar audience. We hope that each participant will learn something new that can inform their own style of indigenous activism,” says Wixon. 

A top priority of the Marshall McKay Seminar is to make the information presented widely available, specifically to Native communities. The seminar will be held in person at the Autry Museum and will be streamed online. 

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