Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Keep your eyes open for stolen art

From time to time, tribal art gets stolen, shoplifted or burgled from galleries and private homes.

When this happens, savvy owners/victims know to report their losses to the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association Theft Alert pages.

Once pictures are posted to the ATADA site, all potential buyers are put on notice that these are stolen items. If they are spotted in a gallery or in private home, the authorities should be notified so that the art can be confiscated and returned to its true owner.

We understand that one's passion for the art can lead to overwhelming temptation. Or that the items may represent a cash opportunity for criminals. We do not condone taking what does not belong to you and we think it is good that stolen art becomes difficult to show or sell when the public can identify the items as stolen.

To look at what currently is being displayed at the site, go to this link.

Aboriginals sales to benefit Lee County Alliance for the Arts

Residents of Lee County, Florida and adjacent Collier and Charlotte Counties, will recall that Aboriginals: Art of the First Person maintained a physical gallery on Sanibel Island for 16 years. It was closed in 2005 with plans to continue offering tribal art and artifacts on line through its family of web sites.

During the same period, Aboriginals has been an active member of the Lee County Alliance of the Arts. William has served on the Board of that organization that serves and supports the arts in Lee County.

In March, the Alliance will present its annual Angels of the Arts Awards, honoring those in the arts community that have contributed extraordinarily. In conjunction with that event, Aboriginals will contribute 25% of the value of any items bought from our on line sites by members of the Alliance who so identifies themselves as members when ordering.

For Alliance members, its an excellent opportunity to indulge their passion for art, especially tribal art, pottery and jewelry, and support this worthy organization.

The applicable web sites are,, and .

Waites to blog from 14th Triennial of African Tribal Art

In a previous posting I commented on the impending 14th Triennial Symposium on African Art. It's set to run from March 28, with a museum day, through March 31 on the University of Florida campus at Gainesville, Florida.

Today, I registered to attend so it is for certain, assuming no weather disasters, that I will be blogging from the Symposium, with reports on as many sessions and as much of the program as I can. My plan is to post these blog messages at night, after the sessions, each day. Although, given the activities scheduled, I may run a little behind.

For more information about the Triennial, visit the University of Florida's site for the Symposium.

Click on this link for some examples of the African tribal art hosted at our TribalWorks site. Click on the link to the African Room.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Four New Members Elected to SWAIA Board

The Southwestern Association of Indian Arts, sponsor of the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, has announced the election of four new members to the Board of Directors: Nocona J. Burgess, Cheryl McClelland Tofpi, Carole Sandoval and Kim Seyesnem Obrzut.

Confirmation took place at SWAIA's annual meeting on January 19, 2007

The Annual Santa Fe Indian Market is the most respected show and market for Native American Indian arts and artists. It is staged each year in August.

This writer, William Ernest Waites, who is both a blogger about tribal art and co-owner of,, and, will attend the market and blog his observations in 2007 as he did 2006 (see August and September archives in tis blog).

For more information about SWAIA and the new Board members visit this link.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

New Native American Studies program for South Carolina

Jim Largo writes in Indian Country Today that two teachers and an archivist at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster have been authorized to start a Native American Studies program at the USCL campus. The program could get under way as soon as this fall.

When it is in place it will be the state's only such program and the only one in the entire Southeast.

The project was stimulated, according to Professor Stephen Criswell when Dean John Catalano expressed a desire for a program based on a collection of articles about the Catawba Indians, which were donated to USCL by Tomas J. Blumer. Blumer had studied the Catawba Indians for more than 40 years.

As the program develops, it could lead to a baccalaureate degree in Native American Studies, in conjunction with telecourses from the Columbia, SC, main campus. USCL is a two-year satellite campus.

Criswell reported that the campus will hold a Native American Studies Week in the spring and will stage a Cawtawba Pow Wow on November 17, 2007.

Tribal Artery is the periodic blog about tribal art and culture sponsored by Aboriginals: Art of the First Person, which honors and features artistic creations by Native Americans and other tribal peoples.

Virginia Congressperson to introduce apology bill

According to Indian Country Today, Representative Jo Ann Davis has introduced a resolution in the US Congress, to apologize to Native American Indians for their mistreatment over the years at the hands of the U. S. government.

The resolution lists treaty violations, outlawing of traditional Indian religions, destruction a sacred places and, in the extreme, extermination, termination and forced removal.

It's long past due.

Travel to Mali, West Africa

William Ernest Waites, co-owner of Aboriginals: Art of the First Person and a web site that features African tribal art, has learned that Drew University will sponsor another package trip to Mali, West Africa, from July 8 to August 2, 2007.

Jerry Vogel is to be the guide on a trip that will feature the extraordinary arts and architecture of the Dogon and Bamana peoples. The itinerary will include the Djenne and Timbuktu, villages of legend in Dogon art, and the town of Mopti on the Niger River. The Bamana centers at Segou and San also will be visited as will the Mali capitol of Bamako.

Cost is $5,250 per person and includes round trip air fare New York-Bamako, lodging, Land Rover transportation in Mali, and eight hours of academic credit. Applications are due no later than April 15, 2007.

For more information, contact

Having traveled in West Africa and collected the intriguing art of these peoples, we can heartily endorse the value such a trip. To preview some of the art you may be seeing visit the African Room at

Sotheby Auction Dates

Sotheby's has announced the dates for three tribal art auctions in 2007.

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
(Sale #8320) will be offered on May 17, 2007 in New York. Previews will be open from May 12 through May16.

American Indian Art
(Sale #8384) will be offered May 18, 2007 in New York. Previews will be open from May 12 through May 17.

Important Australian Art Including Works from the Qantas Collection
(Sale #AU0711) will be offered in Sydney, NSW, Australia on May 7, 2007. Exhibition will be open on April 27-29 in Sydney and May 4-6 in Melbourne.

Absentee bid forms are available.

Aboriginals: Art of the First Person,
the sponsor of this Tribal Artery blog, offers authentic tribal art from Africa, Native America and Australia at its
TribalWorks web site.

ASA meetings – Oct. 18-21 - seeking panelists

Linda Giles and Rebecca Gearhart have announced they are considering a panel on African Art & Globalization at the next ASA meetings in New York, October 18-21, 2007.

If you are interested in submitting a paper for the panel, or already have a panel available, contact Dr. Linda Giles at 612 N. School, Normal, IL 61761 or phone 309-452-8821.

Both anthropologists work in coastal Kenya. They are thinking about papers on female weavers in a small coastal village and/or the repatriation of Kenyan ancestor statues.

Tribal Artery is brought to you as periodical blog about Tribal Art from Africa, Australia, Native America and the Arctic.

African Archaeology Conference at 14th Triennial

In addition to everything else scheduled for the 14th Triennial Symposium on African Art the weekend of March 28 - April 1, 2007 at the University of Florida, which we will be blogging about in Tribal Artery, Peter Schmidt has organized a full day conference on African archaeology. The day will be followed by working sessions over several days. We are told the working sessions will not be open to the public.

The title of the conference is Post Colonial Archaeologies of Africa. We are told it will run through April 3, 2007. - William Ernest Waites, Aboriginals: Art of the First Person and

African Art Triennial at USF – Waites to participate

If you are in the Gainesville, FL area, or anywhere else, for that matter, and can spring for weekend of African Art involvement, mark your calendar for March 28 – April 1, 2007. That weekend will see the 14th Triennial Symposium on African Art at the University of Florida College of Fine Arts and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

The Symposium’s theme will be Global Africa. Events include a Museum Day on March 28, under the chair responsibility of Carol Thompson, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and Susan Cooksey, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, . For more information, visit

Conference registration is available through this link but Arts Council of the African Studies Association membership is required for participation.

This notice is brought to you through Tribal Artery as a service of, a web site of Aboriginals: Art of the First Person with a special section devoted to African Tribal Art. William Waites, co-owner of the gallery web site. plans to participate for further blog reports in Tribal Artery.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

New American Indian Museum in Oklahoma

The Native American Cultural and Education Authority has approved plans for a $135 million museum and American Indian center in Oklahoma.

The design is said to include grand halls with sweeping promenades and courtyards and interactive exhibits, featuring natural elements - earth, wind, fire and stones from areas in which Native Americans lived when they were forced to walk to the Oklahoma Territory in what was later described as the Trail of Tears.

The first phase of construction, which was reported to have started in December, will be completed in 2009.

According to William Waites, proprietor of web sites featuring Native American material culture,, and , "This is an important development that will recognize the trials and tribulations suffered by the continent's original inhabitants as European influences moved south and west. We owe our indigenous hosts more than we ever can repay. The least we can due is recognize their courage and indomitable nature."

American Indian Exposition continues

Short notice, to be sure.

But if you are in the Tucson AZ area, make a point to visit the American Indian Exposition at the Flamingo Hotel, 1300 N. Stone Ave., Tucson. It continues through this Sunday, February 10 until 5 PM. For more information, phone 520-622-4900 or visit

Aboriginals: Art of the First Person owner, William Waites, says, "We try to attend as many of these shows as we can because we always learn something and see old friends at them. We won't see you there since we have to miss this one. But we're sure you will enjoy it and find yourself on the receiving end of knowledge and good spirits, too."

In memory of Greg Cherry

The esteemed former art director of African Arts Magazine, Greg Cherry, passed away on January 31, 2007. He was at home in Los Angeles when he died.

According to African Arts Magazine, Greg was the magazine's art director for 18 years whenhe retired in August 2006.

We will miss Greg, who was instrumental in helping us with advertising matters. We learned of his passing with sadness.