Painter, poet Frank LaPena presents slide show |

Painter, poet Frank LaPena presents slide show

Sacramento painter and published poet Frank LaPena will present a free slide show of his work Friday in Nevada City. He is the author of “Dream Songs and Ceremony: Reflections on Traditional California Indian Dance,” a rare record of a beautiful and endangered art form.

A San Francisco native, LaPena has worked with the elders of the Nomtipom Wintu, the Nomlaki Wintun of Northern California and elders of neighboring tribes. He was a founding member of the Maidu Dancers and Traditionalists dedicated to the revival and preservation of these Native arts.

He lectures widely on traditional and cultural issues of Native Americans, emphasizing the California tradition, and is a professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento. His art has been exhibited in 22 one-man exhibits and group shows from the U.S. to New Zealand, and he has been a consultant to museums such as the de Young, the Oakland Museum of California and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Just shy of 70, he is still active in ceremonial life as a singer and dance leader.

LaPena’s talk will focus on the nature of the traditional dancesa which themselves cannot be videotaped or recordeda and on a culture he has helped to revive. The event will take place in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City, and will start at 7 p.m. Call the library at 265-1539 for more information.

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