Snowowl 2008 Intertribal Arts Marketplace juried award winners

Los Angeles, California (ICC) 12-08

 Snow Owl Mask by Glenda McKay: Handcarved Walrus Ivory, 70 whale baleen inlays, porcupine claw beak, feathers, caribou sinew.

The annual Intertribal Arts Marketplace at the Autry National Center of the American West brings together more than 100 Native American artists from around the country to sell their beautiful artwork and compete for awards.

During November, at a special opening-night reception, juried awards were presented to this year’s artists in various categories such as beadwork, jewelry, painting, sculpture, pottery, and weaving. One winner, Glenda McKay, won the Jackie Autry Purchase Award for her miniature Snow Owl Mask, which was purchased for the Autry’s permanent collection.

Throughout the weekend visitors were able to see each of the 2008 prize-winning entries on display at the individual artists’ booths and speak to all the participating artists about their craft

At the opening night awards ceremony the Autry also announced it has received a $1 million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. This gift will help expand and renovate the Autry’s Griffith Park campus and create state-of-the-art facilities for the Autry’s world-renowned collections, exhibitions, and programs.

Juried Award Winners

Best of Show
Endangered (sculpture) by Ed Archie NoiseCat (Shuswap/Stitlimx/Salish)

Snow Owl Mask by Glenda McKay (Athabascan, Alaska)

Artist statement:

I was born on March 3rd, 1958 in Anchorage, Alaska. Everything is handmade. We use the finest skins and materials we can find. Only hand tools are used to create every bow and arrow. Files and knives carve every face just like my ancestors used to do hundreds of years ago. Up until last year we worked by the light of Kerosene lamps. In the winter outside our cabin it was 46 degrees below zero. My heart and soul goes into each one.

Necklace (silver and inlay) by Benson ManyGoats (Navajo/Diné)

Painting/Mixed Media/Photography
Warrior Dancer by Daniel Ramirez (Saginaw Chippewa/Odawa)

Lighting Swirl by Andrew Harvier (Taos/Santa Clara Pueblos & Papago Tribe)

Sculpture and Carving
Endangered (sculpture) by Ed Archie NoiseCat (Shuswap/Stitlimx/Salish)

Textile and Basketry
Rio Grande Fall (basket) by Andrew Harvier (Taos/Santa Clara Pueblos & Papago Tribe)

Other Art Forms
Life on the Navajo Reservation (silver box) by Clarence Lee (Navajo/Diné)

Throughout the Intertribal weekend, visitors enjoyed performances by Native dancers, storytelling, and musical acts such as the Twin Rivers Band, hoop dancing by Terry Goedel and family, the Wild Horse Singers, and others. Visitors also enjoyed Native food including fry bread, Indian tacos, and barbecue.

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