‘Tribal Voices’ Exhibit Now Open in Petaluma

Explore Native American culture through arts and artifacts at Petaluma Historic Library and Museum this summer.


“Tribal Voices,” an exhibit that explores Native American culture through arts and artifacts, opened June 3 at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum and will run through the summer. It’s presented by History Connection.

The exhibit juxtaposes artwork by renowned local Native American artist Christine Cobaugh with artifacts on loan from The Graton Rancheria, Marin Museum of the American Indian, California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, along with items from the collection of historian Dan Brown.

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Tony Redhouse opened the new “Tribal Voices” exhibit with a special performance at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. (Petaluma Historical Library & Museum)

“Typically exhibitions of Native Art have almost exclusively focused on either historical or contemporary works, with very little mixing of the two,” said exhibit curator Joe Noriel in a press release. “‘Tribal Voices’ will prompt visitors to see the links and continuities within the vast panorama of Native American art and artifacts, and to consider it with fresh eyes.”

The exhibition, which is free to the public, opened with a performance by Grammy nominated Native American performer Tony Redhouse. Other planned events include a speaker series and a Pomo dance presentation by the Pomo Youth Dancers at 1 p.m. July 10.

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday. More information is available at 778-4398 or http://www.petalumamuseum.com.

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Artwork by Native American sculptor Becky Olvera Schultz is part of the “Tribal Voices” exhibit now on display at the Petaluma Historic Library and Museum.