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De Saisset Museum Focuses on California Art, History, and Cultural Heritage

The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University will kick off an exciting exhibition season this fall with Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California, which opens on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Like the state itself, California Natives are remarkably diverse with more than 300 languages and distinct geographical centers shaping communities, traditions, ideologies, and ceremonies. Sing Me Your Story brings together California Native artists and poets in a powerful traveling exhibition. Based on the publication from Heyday Books, The Dirt Is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California, this exhibition explores Native stories, songs, and dance through painting, poetry, basketry, jewelry, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

Sing Me Your Story is a call to California Native artists and poets to share their cultural knowledge and life experience; leading all of us to understand how culture, history, ancestry, and story have shaped each of us—Native and non-Native,” says exhibition curator Theresa Harlan. Read more.


Lyn Risling, Asiktavanthúkirar Tu ípak, Tattoo Woman Returns, 2003, giclee print, 36 x 28 inches

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