Artist Nadiya Littlewarrior to Visit Museum
Antelope Valley Indian Museum is honored to feature internationally recognized gourd artist Nadiya Littlewarrior (Potawatomi/Cherokee) on Saturday, March 8, from 11 am until 4 pm. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the artist at work and ask her questions. Nadiya, who lives in Santa Clarita, founded Spirit Vessels Studio in 1993. Regarding her gourds, Nadiya says, “They are Spirit Vessels to me because The Creator makes the Gourd People and puts their spirit in them and I get to dress them with regalia.”
Growing up in the South West Texas Panhandle, Nadiya’s interest in art was nurtured by her mother, Lucille Ellis, who was herself an award-winning artist. It was here that she began listening and talking to Creator and Mother Earth for her inspiration. Nadiya studied art academically in Texas, Oklahoma, and California and pursued private studies with various artists. She has been honored four times by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for her work.
The museum is open from 11 am until 4 pm. Museum admission is $3 for adults (cash only). Kids age 12 and under are free. The museum exhibits over 4,000 objects created by the American Indian peoples of southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Visitors also enjoy the nature trail, gift shop, and picnic area.
The Antelope Valley Indian Museum hosts an American Indian Celebration the first weekend of October every year.
For information, call the museum: 661-946-3055