Reno Artown Partners With Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

IMG_0803 – Double click to see the Great Basin Native American Cultural Fair’s community round dance

DSC_0163Artown incorporated Great Basin Native American culture into its July calendar with an event hosted by the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony today.

“The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony was thrilled to share its culture with the entire Artown community,” said Michon Eben, the RSIC’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Cultural Resources Manager.  “Since Artown’s mission is to strengthen Reno’s arts industry, enhance its civic identity and national image, it is certainly in keeping with the goal of our community to provide authentic Native American art and experiences.”

The Great Basin Native American Cultural Fair included live demonstrations and performances as well as over 20 vendors.

The demonstrations included a textile illustration and explanation by RSIC community member Jack Mallot and silversmith techniques presented by Ralph Thomas, a RSIC tribal member. DSC_0175
Plus, two renowned drum groups, the Young Chiefs from the Great Basin and The Mankillers, an all women’s group, performed as  thirty-plus Native American pow wow dancers in full regalia participated.

The Great Basket Basket Weavers were on hand as well as  fine artists, beaders, and general crafters.

Organized by the RSIC’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office, the success of the event increased the likelihood that Artown and the RSIC will continue to partner for future events.