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Home People & Lifestyle Western Art Alaskan’s Miniature Mask Wins Jackie Autry Honors

Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles

Alaskan’s Miniature Mask Wins Jackie Autry Honors

2008 annual Native American Intertribal Arts Marketplace

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Glenda McKay, an Athabascan Alaskan, won the Jackie Autry Purchase Award for her miniature Snow Owl Mask entry at the 2008 annual Native American Intertribal Arts Marketplace at the Autry National Center of the American West, held Nov. 8-9, 2008, in Los Angeles.

Ms. McKay's entry, made from handcarved walrus ivory, 70 whale baleen inlays, porcupine claw beak, feathers and caribou sinew, was purchased for the Autry's permanent collection.

"I was born on March 3, 1958, in Anchorage, Alaska," Ms. McKay said in her artist's statement. "Everything is handmade. We use the finest skins and materials we can find. Only hand tools are used to create every bow and arrow.

"Files and knives carve every face, just like my ancestors used to do hundreds of years ago," she added. "Up until last year we worked by the light of Kerosene lamps. In the winter outside our cabin it was 46 degrees below zero. My heart and soul goes into each one."

At the special Nov. 7 opening-night reception, juried awards were presented to this year's native artists in various categories such as beadwork, jewelry, painting, sculpture, pottery, and weaving.

The Best of Show award went to Ed Archie NoiseCat, a Shuswap/Stitlimx/Salish tribal member, for his sculpture, Endangered. He also won the sculpture and carving award for his entry.

Other awards included:

  • Jewelry: Necklace (silver and inlay) by Benson ManyGoats (Navajo/Diné)
  • Painting/Mixed Media/Photography: Warrior Dancer by Daniel Ramirez (Saginaw Chippewa/Odawa)
  • Pottery: Lighting Swirl by Andrew Harvier (Taos/Santa Clara Pueblos & Papago Tribe)
  • Sculpture and Carving: Endangered (sculpture) by Ed Archie NoiseCat (Shuswap/Stitlimx/Salish)
  • Textile and Basketry: Rio Grande Fall (basket) by Andrew Harvier (Taos/Santa Clara Pueblos & Papago Tribe)
  • Other Art Forms: Life on the Navajo Reservation (silver box) by Clarence Lee (Navajo/Diné)

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Throughout the weekend visitors were able to see each of the 2008 prize-winning entries on display at the individual artists' booths and speak to all the participating artists about their American Indian craft.

At the opening night awards ceremony the Autry also announced it has received a $1 million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The gift will help expand and renovate the Autry's Griffith Park campus and create state-of-the-art facilities for the Autry's world-renowned collections, exhibitions, and programs.

Throughout the Intertribal weekend, visitors enjoyed performances by Native-American dancers, storytelling, and musical acts such as the Twin Rivers band, hoop dancing by Terry Goedel and family, the Wild Horse Singers, and others.

Visitors also enjoyed Native food including fry bread, Indian tacos, and barbecue. Admission to the Intertribal Arts Marketplace included museum entrance.

The annual three-day signature event at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park celebrates the continuing traditions and new innovations of American Indian artists. The Intertribal Arts Marketplace brings together more than 100 Native American artists from around the country to sell their beautiful artwork and compete for awards.

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