On Earth To Stay

Collections and Creations of David Salk
Photographs and Writings of George Wharton James (1858-1923)

November 6 – December 12, 2009
La Quinta Museum
77-885 Avenida Montezuma, La Quinta
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm
See below for Special Events Listings

Cahuilla Basket ca. 1920

Cahuilla Basket ca. 1920

The exhibit features an extensive collection of Native American basketry and artifacts from the collections of artist David Salk, along with Salk’s contemporary ceramic interpretations of Native American baskets.

A native of Palm Springs, Salk preserves the intricate work of Native American women of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by replicating antique basket designs in long lasting high fire pottery.  Salk’s painstaking research to accurately depict these designs has been recognized by the Museum of National History in Santa Barbara.

Also on display will be photographs and writings of George Wharton James (1858-1923).  James was a prolific lecturer and journalist, writing more than forty books and many articles and pamphlets on California and the American Southwest.  Characteristics of James’ writing included romanticism, an enthusiasm for natural environments, idealization of aboriginal lifeways and health faddism in such works as Basket Makers published in Sunset, A Magazine of the Border, 1901, A Saboba Origin-Myth (1902), Through Ramona’s Country (1909) and James’ most venerated work The Wonders of the Colorado Desert (1906).

The exhibit is open all regular hours of the museum, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For more information or reservations, call 760-777-7170

Please Attend these Special Events

06 November – Opening Reception 5 pm to 7 pm
Southern California Bird Singers perform traditional songs of the
Desert Cahuilla people. Meet Artist David Salk and Coachella Valley
resident Dennis Wharton James, descendant of George Wharton James.

07 November – 10 am to 12 noon Lecture and Native
American Basketry Demonstration by Alice Kotzen, noted artist
and author. Limited to 30, reservations required to 777-7170.

12 November – 5 pm to 6 pm “Mukat’s People:The Story
of the Cahuilla” by Ginger Ridgway, Curator/Director of Programs,
Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum.

19 November – 5 pm to 6 pm “Literary Bounty in an Arid
Land: the weave of Coachella Valley geography, Cahuilla culture, and desert
art in the writings of George Wharton James.” Lecture/discussion by Ruth
M. Nolan, M.A. Associate Professor of English, College of the Desert and editor of the California desert literary anthology “No Place for a Puritan” the literature of California’s deserts, ” forthcoming from Heyday Books (fall, 2009.)

03 December – 10:30 am to 12 noon “A Taste of the
Desert” by Tracy Albrecht, Interpretive Specialist, Sant Rosa and San
Jacinto Mountains National Monument.