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PHOTOS: Reawakening the Great Basin Draws Crowds to NMA


A Grindstone Patwin dancer performs during Reawakening the Great Basin at the Nevada Museum of Art. Image: Ty O’Neil

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and Nevada Museum of Art hosted a free Artown event Saturday. Reawakening the Great Basin brought a wide variety of art including dancing, song, paintings, bead work, traditional baskets, tule ducks and more.

Even with four stories of events and activities the museum was crowded to the point where many people found it difficult to find a place to watch the dances. The attendees grew so numerus for some events that at least one event was moved to a large stage to accommodate the crowd.

While space may have been limited, entertainment was not. The fourth floor accommodated the majority of performances; each group was introduced and performed while live music was played from a small stage. Behind the stage was a set of TVs that scrolled through images, both historic and modern, of the performing tribe.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony invited other native groups to perform at the event, including tribes from California. As event organizers pointed out, these boundaries and borders were not created by native people.


Ty O'Neil
Ty O'Neil
Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.