Clint McKay’s Baskets are on a Journey to the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is now featuring basketry by renowned weaver and Sonoma County Native, Clint McKay (Dry Creek Pomo, Wappo and Wintun), Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator and the Chair of our Native Advisory Council. The Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo exhibit explores the intercultural exchange between French-born and trained American artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889) and the Indigenous Pomo community of Elem at Clear Lake in northern California. The exhibition explores Tavernier’s life and career, and is centered around his rediscovered masterwork Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California (1878), depicting a ceremonial dance of the Elem Pomo known as mfom Xe, or “people dance,” in an underground roundhouse. The exhibit will be moving to the De Young Museum in San Francisco starting in December.

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