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Thank you to Nakia Zavalla for sharing this piece by her grandmother, Maria Solares. For an English translation of this and all “In Our Languages” articles, visit our blog at newsfromnativecalifornia.com/blog.
"My grandmothers were great storytellers. Those are my early memories, memories of going to my great-grandmother Lizzy Enos’s house. She was a fluent speaker of Nisenan—her stories were wonderful. I crawled into every one of those stories and lived them."
The west coast of what is currently the United States has long had a reputation for being the place to be. I often say to my daughters that west and best rhyme for a reason. After all, about one-eighth of the U.S. population lives in California. It seems nearly everyone wants to be here, either literally or figuratively. As an overly prideful California Indian, it’s no question to me why this is.
Melissa Melero-Moose’s (Paiute) mixed media pieces speak to the enduring beauty of ancient Paiute art, mixed with contemporary experiences. We asked her to describe her work as an artist and how natural landscapes, basketry, cradleboards, family, and love for her community have inspired her to create pieces of stunning, immense beauty.
In November 2011, I received a grant from the Creative Work Fund (CWF) to fund the Kay Key Ya Project. Kay Key Ya means “to dance” in Eastern Pomo.
Rick Bartow (Mad River Wiyot) has been creating paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures for thirty years in his studio in Newport, Oregon, where his Wiyot family settled after surviving the Indian Island massacre of 1860. Rick’s work reveals layers of his life as an artist, veteran, father, and husband, as well as his travels and friends. It reflects his mixed heritage and the home his family has created among ￼the Siletz people of the Oregon coast, as well as his displacement and return to his own tribal homeland around the Klamath River.
Personal mobility and migratory freedom are not gifts that I take for granted. I have been so honored to have lived in so many places across this great state of California. In addition, it has been a privilege to be welcomed as a visitor in several tribal lands across the country.
This is a recipe I enjoy that I conceptualized through pure flavors. Let’s explore the delectable flavors that make a deer meat sauté.