Contemporary petroglyphs in the 18b Arts District.
ART TRIBE GATHERS: Petroglyphs are under siege by occupational forces, warned speakers and poets at a rally in the 18b Arts District Sunday. Native American contemporary artist activist Fawn Douglas, a recent UNLV Grad just featured in Las Vegas Weekly, opened the ceremony with a ritual prayer before speakers and dancers performed at Boulder Plaza.
There was a slight pause when the soundman didn’t show up. “We are improvising,” whispered Melissa Petersen who helped get the event organized within the week. Douglas pulled up her hybrid, used a crutch to keep the tailgate opened, and used the car’s sound system so dancers could perform. The drums and chants from the radio sounded like it was coming from far away, and echo from the Northern Paiute tribe.
After the dance and spoken word, and before the BBQ, artists made “mud petroglyphs” with wheat paste and soft soil around the 18b. The temporary installation was a message that crafted indigenous storytelling on walls is in danger of disappearing.
Fawn Douglas, member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, begins her prayer. In Gold Butte there is a need for watchful protection of vulnerable petroglyphs says the activist.
Tygel Pinto, Navajo poet, spoke his verse then improvised "from the heart."
The shape of Nevada made with local soil.
Above: Opening Night at "Tilting The Basin" in Las Vegas