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Arts History Update for late December 2016

28 Dec

Arts History Update for late December 2016 by David Cummins

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Robert Venturi, architect, and his wife Denise Scott Brown, urban planner, received the 2016 AIA Gold Medal. He wrote a manifesto in 1966, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture and co-wrote Learning From Las Vegas in 1972.

A book published in the Fall of 2016 is The Difficult Whole: a Reference Book on the Work of Robert Venturi, John Rauch and Denise Scott Brown (eds. Kersten Geers et al., Park Books 2016) 216 pages $36.30.

Venturi is 91 years of age. His Philadelphia firm is now called VSBA Architects & Planners http://www.vsba.com/

His previous awards include a Pritzker Prize, a Vincent Scully Prize and others. His notable buildings include Vanna Venturi House [1964 considered the first post-modern designed structure], National Gallery of Art on Trafalgar Square Sainsbury Wing, Seattle Art Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Hartford Stage, Frist Campus Center and many more. Look around in your community and possibly you will find a knockoff structure influenced by Robert Venturi. He was an architect of his age and for his age. What was cutting edge in the 1970s and 1980s has never quite lost its edge.

Robert Venturi, the architect who launched the post-modernisn assault on Miesian glass-box modernism by countering Mies van der Rohe’s famous dictum, “Less is More” with his own “Less is a Bore,” was at IIT’s restored Mies masterpiece Crown Hall last month to talk about “Mies is More: Learning from Mies,” part of the 2005 Chicago Humanities Festival.

Lest anyone think the 80-year-old enfant terrible was growing soft, however, Venturi’s major thesis was to unmask Mies, known for minimalist structures free of the type of applied ornament that Louis Sullivan loved, as a bit of a hypocrite, not above choosing symbolism over substance when it came to creating an architecture that expressed the industrial age of his time. “Ultimate irony,” observed Venturi, “Mies, like other modernists, enjoyed abstraction as an aesthetic, yet also employed symbolism as an aesthetic.”

For Mies, that meant keeping structure visible and exposed, but Chicago’s strict building code requires that the steel frame of multi-storied buildings be fireproofed within a concrete casing. When you look at a classic Mies skyscraper like the IBM Building at Wabash and the River, the exterior may appear to be structure, but the structural steel is actually buried in concrete fireproofing, and what you’re actually seeing are the anodized aluminum plates covering that concrete. To call Mies’s bluff on another affection – the vertical steel I-beams that he loved to use as mullions between the continuous strips of windows on his buildings – Venturi quoted Tom Wolfe’s diatribe against modern architecture, From Bauhaus to Our House. “Sticking things on the outside of walls,” Wolfe wrote, “wasn’t that exactly what was known in another era as applied decoration?”

Ironically, the building in which Venturi made these observations is the one place where Mies was able to express his aesthetic without subterfuge. Crown Hall, because it’s a one story building, didn’t have to be fireproofed. The steel you see is not what Venturi calls an “appliqué”, but the actual structure. It was sandblasted down to the bare steel during this summer’s restoration, and painted a revelatory deep and glossy black that observers who were there for the 1956 opening say replicates the building’s original appearance.

Venturi put up a slide with his comparison of “Mies” and “Bob”.

Mies Midcentury

Bob Post Mid-Century

 
Classic

Eclectic

 
Symbolic (industrial) Symbolic (iconographic)
 
Not acknowledged Acknowledged
 
Minimalism Complexity and Contradiction
 
Not aesthetically expressed Aesthetically expressed
 
Aesthetic cover-up Aesthetic celebration
 
not mannerist mannerist
 
Less is more less is a bore


The Vanna Venturi House from 1964 like the Robert Bruno Steel House in Ransom Canyon Texas are post-modern structures you wouldn’t necessarily want to live in yourself, because of all the strictures and difficulties of doing so, but they are architectural masterpieces. Notice the details, three different floor levels in one bedroom, how likely would there be a fall in the night while blurrily struggling to get to a commode?

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I am of an age when with time and leisure I can look back and take stock of a life. I became an adult in the 1950s graduating from college, getting married, going into the Army, etc. Today people would say those were choices. In reality for me they were available, on offer, expected and I had no idea there were options of any kind. I was, we would say today, clueless. Adults suggested and showed me what to do, how to do things, and I did them. I was conformist or shaped whereas today I would strongly object to that characterization.

I remember reading Faulkner and being mesmerized by a description of a Negro in a short story That Evening Sun Go Down (1931) [many years later they would be African-Americans but then they were Negroes]. http://www.unz.org/Pub/AmMercury-1931mar-00257 Faulkner’s tale made me understand how human such persons were, certainly as much as I was human, and taught me to respect people like Negroes who were different in skin color and cultural background but not different in humanity. It would be decades later when I learned that Faulkner was a cultural racist in his private life, who said in the threat of integration imposed by the federal government that he would take up arms and fight on the side of his white racist Mississippi neighbors. In the 1950s I was incapable of appreciating the distinction between what an author wrote and what he did and was in his private life. Today I am keen to discover the interstices that lay between the written word and the author and his/her agenda, finding the interstices more interesting than anything the author wrote or did. The latter can be mundane but the human psychology and sociology that reside in the interstices are fascinating.

It seems that I’ve grown from a 1950s adult into a wise old fart. Curiously, I’m pleased such a status won’t even get me a coffee refill.

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Thinking of auditing a course in the Arts? MUHL 4300-003 Jazz History, The Music of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington meets TR 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm beginning January 19, 2017 in Music Building Room 218. Permission of instructor required contact Professor Christopher J Smith contact by e-mail christopher.smith@ttu.edu information https://techannounce.ttu.edu/Client/ViewMessage.aspx?MsgId=203106

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It is winter and the chill is heavy but we bring practiced coping skills to bear, and thrive. John Updike lived at Beverly Farms Massachusetts and wrote “Snow makes white shadows, there behind the yews, dissolving to the sun’s slant kiss, and pools itself across the lawn as if to say Give me another hour, then I’ll go”.

——- a poem in his last collection Endpoint and Other Poems published posthumously

John Updike 1932 – 2009 received a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Pen Faulkner Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, National Humanities Medal, National Medal of Arts and more.

Also published posthumously were a collection of his latest short stories titled My Father’s Tears and Other Stories.

He wrote and wrote and wrote, essays, memoirs, book reviews, literary and art criticism, poetry, short stories, novella, novels. Of all modern American writers,” wrote Adam Gopnik in Humanities magazine, “Updike comes closest to meeting Virginia Woolf’s demand that a writer’s only job is to get himself, or herself, expressed without impediments.”

Very late in life John and Martha Updike moved or spent most of their time in Tucson Arizona and he wrote this memoir

Here in this place of arid clarity,
two thousand miles from where my souvenirs
collect a cozy dust, the piled produce
of bald ambitions pulling ignorance,
I see clear through to the ultimate page,
the silence I dared break for my small time.
No piece was easy, but each fell finished,
in its shroud of print, into a book shaped hole.

Be with me, words, a little longer; you
have given me my quitclaim in the sun,
sealed shut my own adolescent wounds, made light
of grownup troubles, turned to my advantage
what in most lives would be pure deficit,
and formed, of those I loved, more solid ghosts.

Our annual birthday do: dinner at
the Arizona Inn for only two,
White tablecloth, much cutlery, decor
in sombre dark-beamed territorial style.
No wine, thank you. Determined to prolong
our second marriages, we gave that up,
with cigarettes. We toast each other’s health
in water and a haze of candlelight.

My imitation of a proper man,
white-haired and wed to aging loveliness,
has fit me like a store-bought suit, not quite
my skin, but wearing well enough until,
at ceremony’s end, my wife points out
I don’t know how to use a finger bowl.”

Postscript by me: A “quitclaim” is everything I have if I have anything at all. An example: If I sign over the Brooklyn Bridge to you by issuing a quitclaim deed, that deed will transfer to you all my title to the bridge but it doesn’t warrant or promise that I have any title at all to transfer. You may have guessed that I don’t have any title or any portion of ownership to that bridge, it being the public property of the City of New York.

Re-read Updike: “Be with me, words, a little longer; you
have given me my quitclaim in the sun, … ”

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Lubbock Homeschool Christian Athletic Association LHCAA formed in 2004 to provide sports opportunities for home school students. The website is www.lhcaa.com and there is a Lubbock Titans boys high school six person football team, a boys and a girls high school basketball team, girls high school and middle school volleyball teams, boys high school baseball team and more. Facebook site is https://www.facebook.com/lbktitans/ On these two websites you will find schedules and venues for viewing the action. They mostly play their games at the school of the opponent since they don’t have a facility but occasionally play at Rip Griffin Center on the Lubbock Christian University campus.

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Museums are changing as they are moving from being about something to being for somebody. I am delighted!

Museums are no longer stewards of a collection of objects but are now instruments for social change. Museum operators know they are not in the salvage, warehouse and display business, even though they perform those functions, but their business has become their patrons place in the world. When they perform that function they connect the patron as individual with a world about which or in which s/he was unaware or un-situated or previously uninterested. Museum operators today know they are growing their patrons, not in a body count sense like a commercial seller of commodities, but growing their patrons as cultured human beings well placed, well situated within their local regional national and planetary communities.

Gary Morgan, Ph.D. the new Executive Director of the Texas Tech University Museum, is devoted to the new role of museums and is often found wandering about in the galleries. He’s not perusing the objects on display, he’s perusing the people viewing those objects and he notices how they are interacting with the objects and with their fellow patrons. He’s watching their dynamics, how they circulate and whether or not they hook up or interact with other patrons who didn’t arrive with them. Accordingly he’s repositioned much of the display space and added what some may say are amenities to enhance and support the patrons experiences when in the museum. His expanding programs and policies are clearly designed to gain repeat visits to the museum by patrons and he’s brought faculty and staff from outside the museum into the process of building exhibits and viewing experiences. He’s turning the dead space/time in the museum into rentable event and hosting space/time, thereby introducing the venue to new audiences who may become patrons.

Texas Tech University Museum was never an art museum or a historical museum, it was always more than that, but we are seeing it become a pilot museum literally reinventing itself on the fly with the obvious purpose of connecting its patrons with the world and communities those patrons occupy but haven’t yet been fully aware or informed.

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Julien Benda, La Trahison des clercs (1927) (English: The Treason of the Intellectuals) (reissue Norton Library 1969) 243 pages Texas Tech Library HM213.B443 (reissue 2007 transl. Richard Aldington, Transaction Publisher 2007) explored by Roger Kimball, The Treason of the Intellectuals and the Undoing of Thought, The New Criterion, vol 11 no. 4, December 1992.

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Here is a video of the Lascaux caves paleolithic art near Dordogne France https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000004789226/lascaux-caves-paleolithic-and-new-again.html?emc=edit_nn_20161219&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=384603&te=1

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Arts History Update for mid December 2016

11 Dec

Arts History Update for mid December 2016 by David Cummins

www.artshistoryupdates.com

The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for 2016 was awarded to a restoration team for restoring the Justus van Effen complex of buildings in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The ceremony occurred at the Museum of Modern Art on 56th Street in Manhattan, New York City. The restorers were Molenaar & Co. architects, Hebly Theunissen architects, and Michael van Gessel landscapes, and a representative from each of the firms accepted the award. https://www.wmf.org/world-monuments-fund-knoll-modernism-prize

Justus van Effen was built in 1922 and its architect was Michiel Brinkman. The project sits in the Dutch city’s Spangen neighborhood [about 100,000 population], surrounded by fairly traditional row-houses, some of which were created around the same time. This year’s award is the fifth WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize, but the first given to a housing project; the first four projects were public facilities: schools, a sanatorium, and a library. That Justus van Effen was and remains a social housing project (fully at first but now only in part) is significant. As built in 1922 Brinkman was given a two-block area for 261 dwelling units and he bundled the blocks together, defining the perimeter through continuous four-story buildings. Portals provide access to the interior of the block, where a central building breaks the block into two and further buildings define smaller outdoor spaces. The creation of these well-scaled, communal spaces was commendable, but what made the building influential in the mid 20th century were the second-floor walkways that rung the whole perimeter on the courtyard side, connecting all of the duplex units atop the buildings (below the duplexes were two floors of single-story units).

Promoted by the liberal elite in Rotterdam, Justus van Effen was created as an experiment in high-density affordable housing and a means of beautifying the city. The project fell into disrepair by 1970 and a restoration of sorts was attempted in the early 1980s to no good end. Most units were occupied by refugees at the time this restoration project began in 2012. It is admirable that Rotterdam officials would determine that it was wise to spend so much money and effort to restore an architectural gem for immediate use by a transient population with few ties to the city or area. As with all projects like this, however, the serious restoration activity spurred the property owners in the Spangen neighborhood to fix up and better maintain their properties and the entire neighborhood is “gentrified” to a better status. Leadership always has a similar effect, some would say leadership creates followership.

https://aplust.net/blog/michiel__inkman_justus_van_effen_complex_spangen_rotterdam_the_netherlands/ is a story about the housing project in 2012 when the restoration began and we get a good look at it then. Here are several photos of the buildings in Spangen before and after restoration https://www.pinterest.com/pin/553239135450786181/

Incidentally, Justus van Effen in history was an early 18th century Dutch essayist and journalist. His name was given to this early 20th century building project, now restored in the early 21st century. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Justus-van-Effen

Here are some photos of social housing projects in cities around the world https://www.pinterest.com/karlzetterholm/big-projects-social-housing/

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In the recent presidential election year many statements were made about matters important to you, including scare tactics about social security. One of those statements dealt with whether or not a worker will get out of social security what s/he and her/his employers put in. It turns out that most people have been frightened to the point of, if you can believe published polling of people, believing that they won’t or can’t. Here are the facts:

https://www.fidelity.com/viewpoints/retirement/social-security-myths?ccsource=email_monthly

Myth: You’ll never get back all the money you put into the program.

 

Although 70% of the respondents from our survey thought they might not get back all they money they put in, many will. Everyone’s situation is different. Simply put, if you live a long time, you may or will collect more than you contributed to the system. If you live a short time, you may not or will not collect more than you contributed to the system.

Due to the complexity of claiming strategies and number of variables involved, the Social Security Administration no longer offers a break-even calculator on its website. Social Security is designed to provide a safety net of income for the retired, the disabled, and survivors. The contributions you and your employers make during your working years provide:

  1. Current retirees and other Social Security recipients with payments
  2. A guaranteed income benefit when you reach retirement

While the government does not have a specific account set aside just for you with your FICA [Federal Insurance Contributions Act] contributions (the taxes for Social Security and Medicare paid by you and by your employers), one of the most powerful features of Social Security is that it provides an inflation-protected guaranteed income stream in retirement, ensuring against the risk you will outlive your savings. Even if you live to 100 or more, you continue to receive income every month. And, if you predecease your spouse who was collecting payments based on your work record rather than his/her own, he or she also receives survivor benefits until his or her death.

Social Security: Your contributions vs. potential benefits

Let’s look at a hypothetical case of an American worker, Steve, who reaches his FRA Full Retirement Age in 2016. He’s retiring in December and will begin collecting his Social Security benefit in January 2017 at his FRA (age 67). In Steve’s case, if he lives past age 74, he will receive a larger benefit than he and his employers contributed to the system. There is no standard break-even point, but let’s look at Steve’s situation in more detail.

Steve’s situation:

Steve’s situation

Hypothetical case assumes a final year of wages in 2016 to be $102,000. Using the Quick Calculator on SSA.gov, a rough estimate of benefits was calculated at FRA in today’s dollars. For an estimate using your personal earnings history, go to SSA.gov.

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Danny Hillis, The Enlightenment is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement, Journal of Design and Science, February 22, 2016 http://longnow.org/essays/enlightenment-dead-long-live-entanglement/ For those who studied the principles and processes of the Enlightenment from the 17th century onward, and wonder whether that’s still ongoing, here is an essay that suggests it’s over and we are now in an Age of Entanglement and we need to understand how to address it and synthesize our creative impulses. Am not endorsing these ideas, just presenting them for analysis and concern.

Here is information on Danny Hillis, author of the essay http://www.intellectualventures.com/inventor-network/senior-inventors/w.-daniel-hillis/

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Arts History Lecture Series at the Museum of Texas Tech University continues for the Spring semester on Friday mornings January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 24 and 31, 2017 with visiting coffee and announcements at 10:30 am and a lecture by Christian Conrad Ph. D. in art history at 11:00 am – noon ending well in time for any lunch arrangements one may have at 12:30 pm or later. The visiting etc. occurs on all but the last day March 31 for on that day there is a closing of the academic year luncheon in the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court. The lectures by Conrad take place in the adjacent Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium. This series is presented by the Museum Association of Texas Tech University, a patron group for the museum. The first two lectures of the semester are free for newcomers to the program. The semester fee is $45 and an individual session fee is $7 payable at the door.

Carol Box is chair of the Arts History Lecture Series Committee and is hostess for the series.

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Texas State Historical Association’s 121st Annual Meeting is at the Hyatt Regency Houston at 1200 Louisiana Street https://houston.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html March 2-4, 2017 https://www.tshasecurepay.com/annual-meeting/ the special rate at the hotel booked by or before February 9 is $159 per night. Registration for the meeting can be made through the website.

The president-elect’s reception will be held at the Houston Public Library’s stunning Julia Ideson Building http://houstonlibrary.org/find-it/premier-rental-spaces/julia-ideson-building-spaces and if that building looks familiar to you, it is because William Ward Watkin, Houston architect, designed it within two years after designing the Administration building at Texas Technological College in 1923 using the Spanish Colonial Revival building style derived from the earlier Spanish Renaissance building style in Spain.

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Effective January 9, 2017 Jim Bret Campbell will be executive director and CEO of the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University. Let’s welcome the new ranch boss to the Red Raider spread.

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Hope you didn’t miss Second Friday Downtown Plainview 5:00 – 8:00 pm each month, the theme in December being a Wine/Walk/Downtown Shopping Evening. December 9, 2016, and we’re looking forward to the next offering January 13, 2017.

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If popular music by local musicians is your interest, try out some venues on any evening but Thursday seems to be a special time in Lubbock for repeating regular offerings http://www.lubbocknightout.com/events/545512/juniors-listening-room For example, on Thursday December 8, 2016 the lineup was, from early to late evening,

1. West Texas Live Music broadcast on Radio FM 105.3 presented live at Overton Hotel Sports Grill and Bar 6:00 -10:00 pm no cover

2. Junior’s Listening Room at Caprock Winery presents two or three musicians each Thursday $5 cover, reduced price wine on offer and food truck food is available 6:30 – 9:30 pm

3. Live Music at La Diosa Cellars [wine cellars of the goddess] 7:30 -10:00 pm $5 cover with wine and tapas on offer

4. Jazz Alley plays at Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen from 9:00 pm to midnight no cover, full menu food and bar drinks on offer.

5. Outlier duo plays at Skooners from 10:00 pm – midnight no cover.

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Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts at 161 Essex Street, formerly the East India Marine Society established in 1799, broke ground Friday December 9 for its 40,000 square foot expansion / new wing that, when completed in 2019, will make it among the 20 largest art museums in the United States http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2016/12/08/peabody-essex-museum-breaks-ground-expansion/4aTklznLJ9sV0Kp1YvKDYO/story.html museum press release http://www.pem.org/press/press_release/355-pem_breaks_ground_on_new_40_000-sq-ft_wing .

Most folks recall the now infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 resulting in eighteen hangings of alleged witches before the hysteria abated and reason returned. Those trials occurred in Salem Village an agricultural settlement to the west of Salem town [now Salem MA] that was a port city with well to do merchants. The poor rugged settlers on the edge of the forest next to occasionally noticed and feared Indians, were given to superstitions not evident in the town of Salem http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/salemwitchtrials/life/divisions.html

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Ars longa, vita brevis = art is long, life is short

Tempus fugit, ars brevis = time flies, art is short

These are two different concepts, but what they have in common is that art is linked with our lives. Your correspondent and readers agree.

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In our densely populated urban spaces we only imagine “where have all the Indians gone?”. Some were exterminated by disease, by violent attack, and by enslavement but some are among us, all around us. We have to look, ever so closely, for them and for the sites that are historical, cultural and sacred to them. For instance if you lived in Los Angeles where would you go? To University High School in Sawtelle/West Los Angeles on the eastern edge of Santa Monica south of UCLA in Westwood? http://www.universitywildcats.org The Gabrielino/Tongva Indians were the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles basin. Kuruvungna Springs, site of a former Tongva village, is located at the University High School property and a building was constructed there that is now http://gabrielinosprings.com/wpsite/ Kuruvungna Springs Cultural Center & Museum. Go on in and learn about the Indians of the Los Angeles basin. 1439 South Barrington Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90025 phone 310-806-2418. Every October there is a free Life Before Columbus Festival at Kuruvungna Springs.

In 1862 the US Army established Fort Wright at the west end of the Round Valley Indian Reservation. In 1863 the United States Government relocated the majority of the Mechoopda Maidu Indians in the Chico area to the Round Valley Reservation [founded 1852] in Mendocino County at Covelo, that today is a place about 14 miles east northeast of Laytonville on US Highway 101. The remaining Mechoopda who were not corralled, about 300 people, fled to the protection of John Bidwell’s ranch in the Chico area and lived there on a Rancheria set aside for them by Bidwell. Covelo is due west of Chico and reached on California Highway 32 and then the Round Valley Road about 109 miles west and a 3 hour 15 minute drive. It is west of the crest of a Pacific Coast Mountain Range.

Other Maidu tribes in the general area of Chico were Maidu Konkau [Concow], Maidu Oroville, Wintun, and Yana but the majority of Indians in the Chico area were Maidu Mechoopda.

 

At the Covelo or Round Valley location, the various tribal Indians eventually formed Round Valley Indian Tribes a Sovereign Nation of Confederated Tribes, that is federally recognized. http://www.rvit.org

PRE-HISTORY OF ROUND VALLEY

Round Valley has been the heart of the Yuki territory “since time began”. The Yuki have lived on their ancestral homeland (stretching from Humboldt Bay to the upper Russian River area) for over 10,000 years prior to other tribes immigrating into California. The Yuki are thought to be the original Paleo-Indians of California.

Any understanding of the pre-contact history of California must take into account the linguistic history of the area. Many anthropologists believe that the state’s languages were originally introduced by waves of immigrants who entered California, became established in an area, and then expanded into other areas.

[In California 20% of the nearly 500 separate languages spoken in North America were represented here. There were 6 distinct language stocks, 23 language families and isolated languages, making a total of some 90 languages, plus innumerable dialects.]

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Berkeley anthropologist, Alfred Kroeber, recognized 104 separate language groups in California, derived from 6 distinct language stocks. The names given today to these stocks are: Hokan, Penutian, Algic, Na Dené, Uto-Aztecan, and Yukian.

Before 6,000 years ago, the population of the state may have been almost entirely Hokan-speaking, except for the North Coast Ranges, where Yukian speakers had already been living for tens of thousands of years. The Hokan-speaking groups are commonly thought to be among the first settlers, partly because their languages show the greatest diversity and possible time depth.

Between 6,000 and 4,000 years ago, there were considerable language shifts, especially among Uto-Aztecan groups in eastern California. In northern California, Penutian speakers may have moved into the marshy lower Sacramento Valley around 4,500 years ago, a movement often associated with the Windmiller Tradition. Over the next few centuries, they spread and diversified, forcing the earlier Hokan-speaking groups to the periphery. In time, Penutian-speaking populations would come to fully occupy the great central valley, as well as expanding westward into the Bay area and southward as far as the Monterey Peninsula.

But, related to no other, Yukian is a language family of it’s own. Anthropologists say that Yukian is among six other language families in the world that are related to no other , all these language families being extremely ancient.

162 years ago, these neighboring tribes were forced into Round Valley. By language family, the confederated tribes of the Round Valley Indian Reservation are:

  • Yuki: Yukian Family
  • Pit River: Hokan Family
  • Pomo: Hokan Family
  • Nomlacki: Penutian Family
  • Concow: Penutian Family
  • Wailacki: Athabascan Family

YUKI ANOMALIES

  • In addition to the above noted linguistic differences between the indigenous population of California, there also seems to be the same anomalies in the mitochondria DNA track studies that have been conducted thus far. Out of the numerous samples taken from Round Valley’s aboriginal population — no matches have been found in the United States, or anywhere else in the world. (Ripen, UC Davis, et al).
  • The Yuki language and the Pamean languages[1] in Mexico have octal systems because the speakers count using the spaces between their fingers rather than the fingers themselves, [2] corresponding to the digits one through eight. There is also linguistic evidence that suggests that the Bronze Age Proto-Indo Europeans (from whom most European and Indic languages descend) might have replaced a base 8 system (or a system which could only count up to 8) with the base 10 system.
  • In regards to basketweaving, the Yuki weave in the opposite direction of other California native weavers.
  • Also, Yuki baskets were the first documented with finished top edges.
  • Unlike most Californian peoples, the Yuki had a war chief and order. They were aggressive and attacked other nearby native peoples on numerous occasions trying to protect their homelands and resources. [Mojave were the only other California warring tribe.]
  • The Yuki are the only California tribe to continuously live on their ancestral homeland.

HISTORY OF THE ROUND VALLEY INDIAN TRIBES

The Round Valley Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe. Beginning as the Covelo Indian Community, RVIT is a confederation of small tribes: the Yuki, Wailacki, Concow, Little Lake Pomo, Nomlacki, and Pit River. They were forced onto the land formerly occupied by the Yuki tribe.

The Round Valley Indian Reservation began in 1856 as the Nome Cult Farm, an administrative extension of the Nome Lackee Reservation located on the Northwestern edge of the Sacramento Valley at Paskenta; one of the five reservations in California legislated by the United States Government in 1852. The system of Indian reservations had a dual purpose: to protect Indians by segregating them from the settlers converging on California in greater and greater numbers, and to free Indian land for the settlers’ use.

When the reservation was established, the Yuki people (as they came to be called) of Round Valley were forced into a difficult and unusual situation. Their traditional homeland was not completely taken over by settlers as in other parts of California. Instead, a small part of it was reserved especially for their use as well as the use of other Indians, many of who were enemies of the Yuki. The Yuki had to share their home with strangers who spoke other languages, lived with other beliefs, and who used the land and its products differently.

Except the Yuki, Indians came to Round Valley as they did to other reservations – by force. The word “drive”, widely used at the time, is descriptive of the practice of “rounding up” Indians and “driving” them like cattle to the reservation where they were “corralled” by high picket fences. Such drives took place in all weather and seasons, and the elderly and sick often did not survive. The Nome Cult Walk is an annual re-enactment of one of these ‘drives’.

From years of intermarriage, a common lifestyle, and a shared land base, a unified community has emerged. In 1936,the descendants of Yuki, Wailacki, Concow, Little Lake Pomo, Nomlacki, and Pit River peoples formed a new tribe on the reservation through the adoption of a Constitution and created the Covelo Indian Community, later to be called the Round Valley Indian Tribes. Our heritage is a rich combination of different cultures with a common reservation experience and history.

[1] Avelino, Heriberto (2006). “The typology of Pame number systems and the limits of Mesoamerica as a linguistic area”. Linguistic Typology 10 (1): 41–60. DOI:10.1515/LINGTY.2006.002

[2] Marcia Ascher. “Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas”. The College Mathematics Journal. Retrieved 2007-04-13.

Language information found athttp://www.californiaprehistory.com/tribmap.html


Last modified: August 12 2013.

Located 1 Mile North of Covelo in Round Valley. 77826 Covelo Road – Covelo, California 95428
Phone: (707) 983-6126 Fax: (707) 983-6128

Here is more history of that reservation including a photograph of the annual Nome Cult Walk, a re-enactment of the 1863 forced walk of Indians from the Chico area to the Covelo area http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Round_Valley_Indian_Tribes_of_the_Round_Valley_Reservation#/History_of_the_Round_Valley_Indians

Maidu Regional Park is located in the east side of Roseville California a suburban city of Sacramento California and includes Maidu Indian Museum & Historic Site http://www.roseville.ca.us/parks/parks_n_facilities/parks_in_roseville/maidu.asp

 

Major federal law affecting Indian communities is: 1. Presidential Executive Order with approval of Congress (e.g. Round Valley Indian Reservation established March 30, 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant) 2. Dawes Act of 1887 (Allotment Act) and 3. Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. https://historyscoop.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/indian_history-timeline.pdf Additional legislation and rulings found here.