Past Exhibit: Artwork by Frank Day & Jeremy Peconom
Artistic Expression of Maidu Legends & History
by Frank Day (Ly-dam-lilly), Maidu Indian Artist, Historian & Storyteller
Frank Day (Ly-dam-lilly) was born in Berry Creek,California, where he was taught the language and traditions of his tribe by his father Billy Day (Twoboe), a headman and historian of the Konkow Maidu. He was a gifted storyteller and teacher who translated the Maidu perception of the world into colorful narrative images.
Painting over 200 canvases in the last two decades of his life, he integrated legend, oral tradition and myth into authoritative compositions. They are intense, vital and beautiful; and their content is significant to those involved in California native cultures.
Frank Day was an excellent historian of the Maidu people and one of the most outstanding California Indian Artists to preserve his heritage through expressions of Maidu legends and history in his paintings. His paintings describe Konkow Maidu ways, rituals and ceremonies, some of which he never saw or experienced. The artist said of his paintings, "I talk my paintings, say them, sing them and then paint them."
Traditional Maidu Primitive Arts
by Jeremy Peconom, Maidu Indian Artist
Jeremy Peconom was born in Walnut Creek, CA in 1979. He spent his childhood hunting and fishing in the mountains of Northeastern California. As a young adult, Jeremy served the position of Cultural Historian of the Honey Lake Maidu and represented his tribal ancestry by serving as a liaison to governmental bodies and power companies.
The Ancestry of traditions and technology of Tetem Momdanim (meaning Big Lake), now known as Honey Lake Maidu, were passed down to Jeremy by his father and grandfather. Learning the traditional knowledge passed down to him by his people made it possible for Jeremy to develop his artistic expression of his culture. Jeremy continues to follow the traditions of his people in many ways.
Jeremy currently serves on both the Honey Lake Maidu Tribal Council and the Yamane’ Monee Maidu Bear-Dance Council. He has also taken his hereditary role as the Dancer of the Bear, which is now held at Roxie Peconom Campground every June. Jeremy is proud to be Roxie Peconom’s great-great grandson. Jeremy believes that the old time ways are more important now than ever.
Exhibits in both the Zents Gallery and the Indigenous Gallery
Show Dates: September 15, 2012 - January 19, 2013