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Neo Native: Toward New Mythologies explores the vision of artists whose work is informed by traditions within tribal cultures, but whose themes express a newfound contemporary narrative.

Curated and hosted through a collaboration between the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation and the UCR California Center for Native Nations, this four-day series will feature guided tours of the Neo Native art exhibit at the Maloof Foundation and a symposium featuring native artists, performers, practitioners, and scholars at the Culver Center of the Arts.

All events free and open to the public; Eventbrite reservations required.



Wednesday, November 1

Visit the Neo Native: Towards New Mythologies exhibition currently at the Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts in Alta Loma, CA.

Roundtrip buses to Maloof Foundation will leave UCR at the Flagpole across from Lot 1 at 11am and 2:30pm. Register now for a spot.

Thursday, November 2

Morning session: 8:45am-12:45pm (Culver Center Auditorium)
Afternoon session:  12:45pm-5pm (Culver Center Auditorium)
Reception, Performance by Laura Ortman and Keynote by Paul Chaat Smith: 5pm-8pm (Culver Center Atrium)

Friday, November 3

Morning session: 9am-12pm (Culver Center Auditorium)
Afternoon session:  12pm-6:30pm (Culver Center Auditorium)
Reception and Keynote by Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch: 6:30pm-8:30pm (Culver Center Atrium)

Saturday, November 4

Workshops curated by Gerald Clarke and Cannupa Hanska Luger: 10am-12pm (Culver Center Dance Studio)



For panel sessions and times, download the full schedule here: Download Schedule


Tony Abeyta (Navajo) Mixed Media Painter and Neo NativeExhibit Curator

Bill Anthes Professor, Art Field Group, Pitzer College

Stina Attebery PhD Candidate, Department of English, UCR

Nanobah Becker (Navajo) Filmmaker and Producer

Laura Beebe (Mohawk) PhD candidate, Department of Gender Studies, UCLA

Christi Belcourt (Metis) Painter, Author, and Lead Organizer, Onaman Collective

Shane Brown (Cherokee) Director of Photography/Cinematographer/Photographer

Gerald Clarke (Cahuilla) Mixed Media Artist and Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, UCR

Lewis deSoto (Cahuilla) Photographer, Sculptor, Installation Artist, and Author

Neil Diamond (Cree) Director, Writer, Filmmaker

Kimberly Norris Guerrero (Salish-Kootenai and Cherokee) Screenwriter, Actor, Director and Assistant
Professor, Department of Theater, UCR

Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa and Choctaw) Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Writer

Marija Krivokapic Associate Professor of English, University of Montenegro

Monty Little (Diné) Painter, Printmaker, and Poet

Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota) Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Mark Minch (Susanville Indian Rancheria) Assistant Professor, Department of English, UCR

Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Occidental College

Isaac Murdoch (Serpent River First Nation) Painter, Traditional Knowledge Holder, Storyteller, Onaman Collective Member

Jenell Navarro (Cherokee) Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, California State
University, San Luis Obispo

Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) Instumentalist, Composer, Artist

Veronica Passalacqua Curator, C.N. Gorman Museum and Affiliated Faculty, Department of Art History, UC Davis

James Rawitsch Executive Director, Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts

Ryan Rice (Mohawk) Artist, Curator, and Chair, Indigenous Visual Culture Program, Ontario College of Art and Design

Kimberly Robertson (Mvskoke) Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Studies, California State University, Los Angeles

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) Photographer

Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) Ceramicist, Painter, and Printmaker

Kali Simmons (Lakota) Graduate Student, Department of English, UCR

Ernest Siva (Cahuilla and Serrano) Tribal Historian, Cultural Advisor, and Artistic Director

Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) Author, Critic, and Associate Curator, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Seminole, Muscogee, and Navajo) Photographer, Curator, and Professor, Department of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

Debra Yepa-Pappan (Jemez Pueblo) Digital Multi Media Artist, Photographer, Digital Collagist


Sponsored by California Center for Native Nations, Center for Ideas & Society (CIS), Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, Dean of College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), Sam & Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts, Native American Student Programs (NASP), Departments of Art, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Dance, History of Art, Media & Cultural Studies, Sociology, and Theater, Film, and Digital Production

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