spray paint and marker of collaged images of revolt and struggle

River Garza "What the City Gave Us" 2022, acrylic, spray paint and marker. Loan courtesy of the artist. Autry Museum; LT2023-59-1.   

Reclaiming El Camino: Native Resistance in the Missions and Beyond

December 9, 2023 – June 15, 2025

Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Gallery

About the Exhibition

Reclaiming El Camino aims to educate Los Angeles and its visitors about the potency of Native life and the rich history of activism in the California borderlands region. This exhibition repositions (and reclaims) the El Camino Real as the ancient and well-worn trade route for Native people long before the establishment of the Franciscan Missions in Baja and Alta California

Exhibition Sponsors

This Exhibition was created with guest curator Deana Dartt (Coastal Chumash).

Reclaiming El Camino is supported by Edison International, The Mildred E. and Harvey S. Mudd Foundation, Caryll and William Mingst, the National Endowment for the Humanities: Sustaining Humanities through the American Rescue Plan in partnership with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums,* the Paloheimo Foundation, the Sacred Places Institute, and the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation. 

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums or the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the 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.

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