On Saturday April 8, 2017, the Tribe opened the “First Peoples Exhibit: A Celebration of Native Artists in Southern California,” located at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC) in Tarzana.

The opening blessing was led by Serrano and Cahuilla Elder and Ceremonial Leader Kim Marcus, and was followed by traditional bird songs.

The unique exhibition displayed moving artwork from 31 Southern California artists indigenous to the Americas, ranging from university students to tribal elders.

Described by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center as ‘an interesting and important exhibition,’ First Peoples showcases 106 artworks, ranging from basketry and pottery to installation and video art,” says the SFVACC website.

Among the exhibiting artists was talented Tataviam Citizen Timothy Ryan Ornelas, who has two videos on display entitled “Pow Wow Dance & Regalia Workshop” and “Native American Heritage Month 2016.”

Video of Timothy Ryan Ornelas, Tataviam, on display at exhibit. April 8 2017.

The opening reception was attended by large crowdsThe Tribe is thankful for curator Walter L. Meyer’s dedication in organizing this crucial exhibit.

The exhibit is open between April 4- 22, 2017, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday, and is located at 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana, CA 91356.  We encourage everyone to visit!