Artist Topah Spoonhunter will be giving a talk about his new exhibit, currently being displayed on Manzanar’s gallery wall, on Saturday December 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. The talk will be followed by a Q&A. Topah’s pieces explore themes of Indigenous existence in Payahüünadü (the land of flowing water), what is now known as the Owens Valley.

This event is free and open to the public. Artist Topah Spoonhunter’s exhibit will run until January 31, 2020.

Topah Spoonhunter is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and grew up on the Big Pine Paiute Reservation in Big Pine, California. With a formal education in business, his professional career has included work for non-profit organizations, local government, and various tribal governments. He is a self-taught artist and designer who is always looking for new challenges. Being a descendant of the Paiute and Arapaho tribes, one of his greatest sources of inspiration has been his culture. Topah believes that tribal cultures across North and South America not only offer valid ways of viewing the world, but have also developed effective methods of addressing the human condition. Topah’s art is a reflection of this belief.

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