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Dream Songs and Ceremony: Reflections on Traditional California Indian Dance

Frank LaPena

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ISBN 10: 1890771791 / ISBN 13: 9781890771799
Published by Berkeley, California: Heyday Books, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition. Number line beginning with 1. Fine hardback in fine dust jacket ($25.00). Few if any signs of previous use to book or dust jacket. Signed by author on title page: "To XXXXX I have enjoyed your art and sincerity for this sacred earth Frank LaPena 11 16 04". Bookseller Inventory # 101371

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Title: Dream Songs and Ceremony: Reflections on ...

Publisher: Berkeley, California: Heyday Books

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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This collection of paintings by acclaimed artist Frank LaPena draws upon the symbols of California Indian dances--sacred events that cannot be photographed or videotaped. Himself a Nomtipom Wintu dancer, singer, and ceremonial leader, LaPena complements his vibrant paintings with an introduction and commentary.

Concentrating on the dance traditions of the Upper Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills, LaPena discusses how being an Indian dancer has influenced him physically, spiritually, and socially. His paintings portray ceremonial and sacred elements from all three realms, with fascinating stories infused in every image.

About the Author:

Frank LaPena, an internationally exhibited painter and published poet, was born in 1937 in San Francisco. As a young man he became interested in the song, dance, and ceremonial traditions of his tribe. He has worked with the elders of the Nomtipom Wintu, the Nomlaki Wintun of northern California, and elders of neighboring tribes, and he is a founding member of the Maidu Dancers and Traditionalists, dedicated to the revival and preservation of these Native arts.

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