| Indian Market Days June 2002 Museum of
Man - Balboa Park
By Roy Cook
Indian Art everywhere, some Artists display in the main hall
of the museum, others prefer outside locations. This year reflected the
changes that come about when someone new is organizing the event. Javier
Gerrero is the Museum of Man curator of Southwest collections.This event
is host to many traditional tribal artists fromArizona
and New Mexico.
Navaho Code Talkers, for over twenty years their World War
II contributions have been Top Secret and the participants were silent.
Finally, Recognition of this unbreakable code and the contribution of our
Tribal Warriors can be told. A Navaho Code Talker Gold Congressional Metal
recipient, Johnny R. Manulito Sr. (d) was represented by his son Johnny
Manulito Jr. also USMC. He is joined by actor/SgtMaj. James Dever USMC.
With them is MGM representative Ron Kirkov. WINDTALKER, a film based on
the Navajo Code Takers opens this month. There were film promotional posters
available. George Redboy, AIWA president (American Indian Warriors Association),
is discussing the WW II Tribal Veterans Recognition today with VFW- 7420,
District One, Don Diego Chapter Color Guard. The Veterans of Forign War
members reprsent respectfully in uniform.George said, "I stood with the
family of a deceased Navajo Code Talker on the stand. The family spoke of
their father with great pride, later I told the eldest daughter that these
heroic men, now after all these years, can be recognized as military warriors.
We all need to thank the Navajo for providing us with a code that was never
broken, and the gift of freedom. America is blessed by the Great Spirit."
|| I am always
happy to see a young Kachina carver from Arizona, Steve Harris. Also
participating are many fine California tribal artists. Too much beautiful
Art to list in this short article. A favorite activity is the Craft
Corner. Materials are provided for Kids to make Indian theme crafts
and take them home! Our first stop is the Fry bread booth. Maybe an
Indian taco will do for breakfast today - too early! The rollers and
mixers, Vickie Gambala and Paul Razo, were sitting around waiting
for the sun to burn off the morning haze. They got real busy when
I told them I would take their picture loafing in the fry bread booth.
Earlier, he had told me Stan Rodriguez and Jr. Cuero (Paul)
were to sing Bird early in the morning. Sitting on the steps I had seen
Stan and his wife Martha going into the interior court of the museum. Arrangements
by Javier Gerrero resulted in Stan introducing his brother-in-law, Gregorio
Montez from San Jose de la Zorra, who delivered the blessing in Kumeyaay.
Immediately following is Paul Cuero and the Campo Bird singers.
This group is composed of several young men and young ladies. All are residents
of the East County and Campo Indian Reservation.
put up his tipi. The Runningpath Dance group is a replacement for
the Zuni Dancers that were scheduled. Earnest Siva, tribal ethnomusicologist
from Morongo, was relaxing on the Museum of man main entrance steps.
He is scheduled to present Tribal storytelling inside the main museum
hall. He shared insights of the recent storytellers conference held
at Sherman High School. Paul Cuero, Tipai singer from Campo, was sitting
close by the steps with family and friends. They had bought lawn chairs
and were comfortably watching the volunteers posting signs and arranging
ticket booths. Just then, a large white, 18 passenger Campo Tribal
Van pulled up next to these same Museum steps. Eight Campo residents
and kids emptied out. I was looking for Richard Bugbee that morning
to hear of the latest update on the Indian Culture Center.
|| The group
forms two rows on the stage and launch on their flight to touch the
sky. The singers voices pull emotions from
the heart as the dancers move and sway.The crowd
begins to stir, shifting their weight, shuffling
their feet. There it is, that undefinablequality, again brought forth.
If you close your eyes, the portal is open, that window to a tribal
time frame of reference is just a little clearer. When the singing
is done we walk away feeling good. Indian Market Fair, Museum of Man,
Balboa Park produced lots of good feelings. Maybe we will see you
there next year.