Yanaguana Indian Arts Celebration

Virtual Festival
November 21 & 22, 2020

For the first time ever, tune in on our social media and website to celebrate the Yanaguana: Virtual Indian Arts Celebration!

The Yanaguana Indian Arts Market and Celebration debuted in October 2014 and is named in honor of the Payaya people who were indigenous to this region. Yanaguana was the word they used to describe the San Antonio River, as it is now known.

Through the Yanaguana Indian Arts Celebration and Community Day, we aim to highlight the continued vibrancy and artistic traditions of Native American communities.  In addition, we aim to honor the groups with historical roots in the San Antonio area who still live here today.

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November 21
10:00AM – 4:00PM

10:00AM Event Kick-Off & Blessing
Members of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation will open Yanaguana:  Indian Arts Celebration with a blessing.

11:00AM Virtual Missions Tour
Enjoy a guided virtual tour by Lineal Descendants of Mission San José de Aguayo, Mission Concepción de la Purísima, Mission San Francisco de la Espada and Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Built in the mid-18th Century by members of the Pampopa, Payaya, Sanas, Maraquitas, Pamaques, Quijanes, Tocanes and other tribes of the San Antonio area.  Learn what became of the Mission Indians, and their continued contributions to the History of San Antonio and Texas Independence.

1:00PM Ledger Art Workshop with George Curtis Levi
Ledger Artist George Levi leads participants through a historical and creative journey centered on ledger art—Plains-style narrative drawing.

2:00PM Visual Voices Gallery Tour (Public Debut)
Visual Voices program manager Laura Clark will take us on a virtual tour of VISUAL VOICES: Contemporary Chickasaw Art at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Click here for more information about Visual Voices.

3:00PM Flute Performance by Tim Blueflint Ramel
Artist, educator, and performer Tim Blueflint draws his creative and musical influence from the memories and stories shared by his family and those who have graced his life. As a self-taught musician and artist, Blueflint has shared his improvisational traditional music, art and memories as a featured performer at venues throughout Indian Country and beyond.

November 22
10:00AM – 3:00PM

10:00AM Silversmithing Presentation with Shane Hendren
Member of the Indian Arts & Craft Association (IACA)—an organization committed to promoting the integrity of materials—Hendren returns to share his expertise as an award-winning silversmith and jeweler.

11:00AM Huichol Art with Karla Saenz
Karla Saenz will be demonstrating the ancient art of Huichol Art. While Huichol art is a relatively wide umbrella term, it is most commonly thought to encompass the production of beaded and string art (the former of which developed out of the latter), which is always brightly coloured and features symbols, animals and designs which are centuries old and of great significance to the Wixáritari people.

12:00PM Storytelling with Amy Bluemel
A gifted storyteller and educator, Amy Bluemel’s appreciation for cultural awareness came early: raised in a military family, she lived in Germany, Okinawa, Turkey and Scotland before returning to her Chickasaw roots in America. As the great-granddaughter of Eastman Kaney (an original Dawes Commission enrollee), Bluemel a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation and often performs with the dance troupe Chikashsha Hithla during nationwide tours. She shares Chickasaw customs (and those of other southeastern tribes) with audiences of all ages.

1:00PM Chickasaw Artist Board Panel Discussion
Join the Chickasaw Artist Board in a discussion about the Visual Voices exhibition. Artists Joanna Underwood Blackburn, Kristen Dorsey, Margaret Roach Wheeler, Brent Greenwood, and Daniel Worcester will engage in a lively discussion of the show’s origins, the themes it is centered on, and its significance for the Chickasaw Nation community. 

2:00PM Ty Defoe Dance Performance
Grammy-award winning performing artist and educator, Ty Defoe (Oneida/Ojibwe) shares his culturally significant dance traditions through song, movement, and storytelling.

Also on view throughout the month of November:

Virtual Saturday Studio Visits
Join the Briscoe’s Curator of Collections, Ryan Badger, as he checks in with a working artist each month. Take a behind-the-scenes studio tour and then dive into the art-making process. Each session features a different artist from the Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art exhibition.

Ask an Artist Videos
Tune in for a discussion between Curator of Collections, Ryan Badger, and a working artist to learn more about the process and inspiration behind their work. Each session features an artist whose work can be found in either the permanent galleries or temporary exhibitions at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

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Briscoe Western Art Museum by donating here.