Art Event #7

13 Nov

1. Arts, Language, and Cultural Revitalization, Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at Arts 111. Plant and language specialists Teodora Cuero (Kumiai) and Leonor Farlow (Kiliwa), and anthropologist Mike Wilken offer a multi-media presentation on the cultural revival in the production of handcrafts that is helpign nativ eartisans preserve, practice, and reinterpret traditional and ecological knowledge.

2. I took enough notes to help me understand what life was like in Baja’s indigenous communities, including these questions: How have people lived in this land for thousands of years? How did they interact with the environment? How did they view our world? What can we learn from their ongoing presence?

3. I found that the month of October is when Baja’s people obtain ripened food, including the kind used to make oatmeal. Within the environment, these people were able to make necklace beads and other adornments. Knowing what certain groups like to wear makes me think that it’s best to study these groups a little more before you talk about them.

4. There were original Yuman tribal territories throughout South Western North America, including Diegueno, Paipai, Kiliwa, Havasupai, Hualapai, Yavapai, and Mohave. That reminds me of how groups came to be, like Aztecs and Mayans in Mexico. I figure if we respect each other more, we won’t have to split into different groups.

5. While the pictures and maps were of great assistance to my understanding, the entire lecture could have used something better, like bullet-pointed notes. Also, the use of a black background seemed a little mundane.

6. People in Baja Californa had to go to the coast to feast on clams and mussels, seek shelter in caves north of Encinata, and made loincloths from bark and cottonwood. And to keep themselves warm, they had to form a hole in the ground and heat up thresholds. Of course, the Spanish taught them to cover their bodies.

7. My respect for the two women and Mike Wilken was plentiful. The ancient language was obviously only language the women were best at speaking, but Wilken was able to translate from time to time. These women grew up in a culture with no technology, and I’m sure their lives have been more wholesome than ours today.

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