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VIDEO: Numaga Pow Wow and Upcoming Arts Events


Weekly Art Fix September 7, 2015

This week I attended the 29th annual Numaga Pow Wow hosted by the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in Hungry Valley. The three day event drew close to 2000 spectators who enjoyed native dancing, drumming, food, and community.

Participants came from as far as Minnesota to take part in this three day festival and competition. The dancers put on a wonderful show dressed in bright colors and festive regalia.

For me as a photographer this was such a treat to be witness to. The energy of community was evident as the competition was interrupted from time to time to pay tribute to a fallen firefighter from the community and other tributes as well. What I saw was more than dancing and drumming; there was a true spirit of community and belonging that made my heart smile.

As I watched the different categories dance I started to see the complex footwork and even at times the telling of a story. It was very evident that there was much more than I understood in the stories that were told in the dance and in the song.

Many drum circles provided the music for the competition and gave a very inspired backdrop to the festival. Spending some time with the group Ironboy gave me just a small insight to the demands of participating in this festival. They traveled from Minnesota to perform for the three days with small breaks as the other drum circles took their turns.

As I walked away I was wanting more and felt the desire to know the deeper meaning of what I saw and heard.

If you ever have a chance to enjoy a Pow Wow I know you will walk away with a deeper understanding of a very colorful culture..

For now here are some photos from this year’s Numaga Pow Wow.

Read more below the photos.

Upcoming events

Trails and Vistas
For two Saturdays in a row Trails and Vistas will be offering Hiking, Arts and Performances is the beauty of Tahoe/Donner.

Trails & Vistas “Finding Beauty” Sept. 12
Sat, Sep 12, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m

Spooner Lake – Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Nevada State Route 28, Glenbrook, NV 89703
Featured Art Hike Performers & Artists for Sept. 12 Spooner Lake Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park: 2.5 mile easy/moderate single track dirt trail

MUSIC: Trio from Pacific Mambo Orchestra, violinist Scarlet Rivera, Harpist Motoshi Kosako, on the Kalimba Ian Ethan, Angelika Healing Music, Bagpiper Sean Cummings ART: Jane Jenny, Cathee van Rossem St. Clair, Angelique Benicio, Barbara Prodaniuk, Nancy Tieken Lopez DANCE: InnerRhythms Dance Centre STORYTELLING: Garth Gilchrist as John Muir

Trails & Vistas Art Hike Sept. 19, Donner Summit
Sat, Sep 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m

Donner Summit, Donner Ski Ranch, 10 minutes from Truckee, CA, 19320 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA 96162

Featured Performers: MUSIC: Violinist Scarlet Rivera, Sean Cummings, Motoshi Kosako, Emily Tessmer, Angelika Healing Music, Kurt Beckening, G Maxwell percussion & Ian Ethan playing the Kallimba for the art hikes and the double neck guitar at the Deck Party at Donner Ski Ranch.

ART: Cathee van Rossem St. Clair, Lorna Denton, Nancy Tieken Lopez DANCE: Tahoe Flow Arts, InnerRhythms Dance Centre STORYTELLING: Garth Gilchirst

Here is a link to their website for more information: http://www.trailsandvistas.org/

Japanese Summer Festival
Sunday, September 13 at 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Knowledge Center Lawn on the UNR Campus
Come out and immerse yourself in the Japanese Culture! There will opportunities to taste traditional cuisine, purchase souvenirs, and watch martial arts demonstrations.
Cost is only $1

Here is a link to their event page: http://events.unr.edu/event/japanese_summer_festival_5723#.Ve24h_nBzGc

Reno Little Theater presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile
This long-running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy piece places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter, Steve Martin, plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness.

Bystanders, including Picasso’s agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendimen and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark-haired singer time warped from a later era.

Opening this Friday, September 11 and running through October 4 this should be a fun ride.

Here is a link to their event page: http://renolittletheater.org/events/event/picasso-at-the-lapin-agile/

Friends with Amazing Voices
Friends with Amazing Voices will be performing with The Colin Ross Band in a free concert. The group performs a variety of musical styles, from pop to musical theater, jazz standards, and originals. Meet the performers at a reception immediately following the show. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome.

Sunday September 13 at 6:30pm at the Nell J. Redfield Theatre

Here is a link to their Facebook Page:

Dana Nollsch
Dana Nollschhttp://www.photozen.us
Dana Nollsch is a lifelong Reno area resident. He is a photographer, artist, journalist, and spiritual leader. His work has been seen in many local publications and many national publications as well, award winning for his photojournalism. Dana has a unique eye that shows in his photography and a unique voice that is evident in his writing. His involvement in the local theater and arts community gives him an informed and honest perspective. Owner and operator of PhotoZen he offers his skills and insight to many industries.