Native Communities

January 6, 2023

2022 Tongva/Gabrielino and Autry Collaboration

Exhibitions / Native Communities
Collaborative Exhibitions Work

Imagined Wests The upcoming renovation of the Autry’s long-term gallery will include a major collaboration with Tongva community members Craig Torres, Cindi Alvitre, Weshoyot Alvitre, Wallace Cleaves, and others. In conversation with the stories that diverse filmmakers, artists, and others have told about the West and Southern California, we will be including four Ancestor Poles honoring Tongva women Toypurina, Juana Maria, Victoria Reid, and Narcisa Rosemyre.

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December 16, 2022

Marshall McKay Seminar for Empowering Native Knowledge: Perspectives on Native Art and Museums

Native Communities

Named in honor of Marshall McKay, former Chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Tribal Council and the first Native person to serve as Chair of the Autry’s Board, the Marshall McKay Seminar seeks to empower Native knowledge. It will address topics that impact Indian Country—and beyond.

Through a generous grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Autry held the Marshall McKay Seminar for Empowering Native Knowledge on April 22-23, 2022 at two Autry facilities: the Resources... Read more

October 12, 2020

The Alcatraz Logbook: Signs of Red Power

Community / Native Communities
By Joe D. Horse Capture, Vice President of Native Collections and Ahmanson Curator

It's one of the most significant artifacts of the Red Power era.

Kent Blansett Founder and Executive Director American Indian Digital History Project

Occupation of Alcatraz

On November 20, 1969, a group of Native Americans landed and occupied Alcatraz Island for 19 months. The initial group of over eighty occupiers referred to themselves as “Indians of All Tribes” reflecting the diversity of Native Americans in the Bay Area during this time period. The... Read more

June 23, 2020

How the Character of Coyote Helped Artist Harry Fonseca Come Out

Exhibitions / Native Communities

By Amy Scott, Executive Vice President and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts

Harry Fonseca (Nisenan Maidu, Hawaiian, Portuguese, 1946–2006) was an instrumental force in reshaping Native art with his trademark blend of traditional imagery, contemporary experience, and vibrant color and form. As he used his art to explore both his personal journey and the role of history in shaping Native consciousness in the present, Fonseca sought to expand definitions of Indian art and to shatter the expectations and stereotypes that had long confined it.

Fonseca’s best... Read more

June 22, 2020

Digitizing a Century of Native Voice and Song at the Autry

Collections / Library and Archives / Native Communities

By Yuri Shimoda, CLIR Recordings at Risk Intern, Autry Museum of the American West

In September 2018, the Autry received a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant to digitize hundreds of Native American songs, oral histories, field recordings, plays, and lectures captured on sound and audiovisual media from 1898 to 2007. The recordings were made across such a vast period of time that there were many different formats that needed to be digitized – from open reel tape, wire, and four types of discs to audiocassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes.

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April 6, 2020

Sweet Land: The Show Must Go On

Native Communities

By: Brittany Campbell, Public Engagement Manager and Ben Fitzsimmons, Associate Director of Programs and Research

Artistic endeavors are essential today more than ever and the Autry actively works to include the many voices of the creative communities of the American West through partnerships and public programming initiatives. We were excited to hear that The Industry, an artist-driven company creating experimental productions that expand the definition of opera, was developing an opera exploring the myths of American identity and the erasure of certain stories. Sweet Land was co-... Read more