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Autry Outdoors / Live Performances / Family Activities

American Indian Arts Festival, June 8

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Autry in Griffith Park

Admission:
General Admission Rates Apply | Free for Members!
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Join the Autry on June 8 and 9 for a fun-filled weekend perfect for the whole family! We look forward to welcoming you to celebrate contemporary and traditional Native art forms at the Autry Museum of the American West’s 33rd Annual American Indian Arts Festival where you can purchase one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and fashion.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Linoleum Block Printing Workshop & Live Paint with River Garza
Ethnobotanical Garden
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Discover the art of linoleum block printing, using designs created by artist River Tikwi Garza (Tongva), who was inspired by Tongva iconography, basket patterns and elements of his own artistic practice.

River will be live painting a new art piece on site throughout the festival, and you can also see some of his completed work in our exhibitions, California Continued: Human Nature and Reclaiming El Camino: Native Resistance in the Missions and Beyond.

 

Waging Words: Poetry by Indigenous Women
Sprague Gallery | Reclaiming El Camino: Native Resistance in the Missions and Beyond
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

In-gallery poetry readings by established and emerging Native poets, exploring their lived-experience as Indigenous women living in Los Angeles and responding to the themes and ideas in the exhibition Reclaiming El Camino. Curated by Pamela J. Peters (Navajo)

 

Sundance Institute Short Film Screenings 
Autry Theater
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The 2024 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is a 75-minute theatrical program featuring short films from the 2024 Sundance Film Festival and from alumni of Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program. Introduction by Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk) Director, Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program.

 

EMBERS Young Native Playwrights Festival
Autry Theater
Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Storytelling is a way to preserve culture and language, which is why Native Voices is thrilled to bring back its Young Native Playwrights program, but this time with a post-pandemic twist! With the help of Zoom, Native youth from across Turtle Island will participate in an eight-week playwriting course that will nourish, elevate, and amplify their voices. Plays written will be performed live onstage at the Autry, as well as livestreamed, so that these Young Playwrights, their families, and their communities can see that their voice is valid and their stories matter. 


PERFORMANCES
Heritage Court (inside the museum)

12:30 p.m. Tongva Flute Music
Tongva culture bearer and artist Lazaro Arvizu opens the afternoon performances on our Festival Stage. Lazaro plays musical instruments that originate in the Los Angeles Basin Tovaangar. His indigenous music expresses the experience of being on this land for many generations and all of his instruments are made of local natural materials.

1 p.m. Wildhorse Singers and Dancers
Since 1989, Wildhorse Native American Association has been assisting urban Native American children and adolescents with cultural preservation. Gather around the drum with these talented youth as they demonstrate traditional powwow dance styles and traditional songs.

2 p.m. Hoop Dance Workshop
The art of hoop dance honors cultural traditions from multiple Indigenous communities that first employed hoop dance as a healing ceremony. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to celebrate, share and honor Indigenous traditions. Try your skills in a workshop with world champion hoop dancer, Terry L. Goedel (Yakama/Tulalip).

3 p.m. Wildhorse Singers and Dancers

4 p.m. Hoop Dancing with Terry L Goedel (Yakama/Tulalip) and n8tivehoop
See an extraordinary display of artistry, athleticism and tradition in a multigenerational performance by renowned hoop dancers from the Goedel Family. Each dancer presents their own variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of tradition and culture.
 

American Indian Arts Festival is sponsored by:

David W. Cartwright · Snowdy Dodson · Leslie and Aaron Kern · The Plummer Family · Lora and Robert Sandroni · Davey Williams

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
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Free parking for Autry visitors.


MUSEUM AND STORE HOURS
Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

DINING
Food Trucks are available on select days, contact us for details at 323.495.4252.
The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.