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Clovis Community College Art Exhibitions: November 2022: Native Voices

November 2022 Exhibition: Native Voices

Exhibition:  Native Voices

AC1 Gallery

Opening Reception:  Tuesday, November 8, 2022

On Exhibition:  November 8 - 30, 2022

Artists on Exhibition

Jennifer Malone - Wukchumni California Indian

Corky Mills - Blackfoot Sans-Arc Two-Kettle

Minni Ojou - Lakota

Millie Richards Vela - Lakota

Jamie Nakagawa Boley - Japanese-Choctaw Nation


Event:  Native Gathering

Clovis Community College, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Join us for a day full of learning about indigenous culture. 

  • 9:00 AM Spiritual Blessing Prayer, Song, & Drumming
  • Winyan Omnicha the Gathering of the Women
  • Indigenous vendors with beautiful handmade items

Native Teachers

Delaine Bill - Spiritual Singer and drum

Johnny Sartuche - Tule Plant Decoy Ducks & Canoe Making

Kendal and Lindsay Thomas - Salt Grass Medicinal Teacher

Jennifer Malone - Wukchumni Basketry and Language

Evelyn Malone -Wukchumni Basketry and Language

Corky Mills & Millie Richards Vela - Shawl Makers

Land Acknowledgement

Clovis Community College is on the traditional territory of the Yokut people, which consists of several tribal nations. The events promoted on this guide are happening on Yokut land. We acknowledge and honor the original inhabitants of this land. ​

​A land acknowledgement is a critical step towards promoting visibility and reversing erasure of those who did not willingly give up this land. We acknowledge that our privilege to be here was at the expense of theirs. ​

​Sources: Land Acknowledgement Toolkit,

Learn more about the richness of indigenous cultures with the resources provided below. 

This documentary tells the story of the work of that Marie Wilcox, (November 24, 1933 -  September 25, 2021), the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni, to to document her peoples' language.


23rd U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo
The First Native American Poet 


Joy Harjo

Photo Credit: Shawn Miller

The Library of Congress offers teachers and other educators ideas for using U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's signature project, "Living Nations, Living Words," A Guide for Educators

Books in Libby


Jennifer Malone

Jennifer Malone, Wukchumni Language Teacher/Basket weaver Teacher

We have Native heirlooms on loan from one of our oldest families in the Central Valley. It is a very small Wukchumni collection of over one hundred-year-old basketry. Interestingly, there is a museum in the Valley with her family's baskets in addition to the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, which has many of their baskets. She has also loaned us two cradleboards that were more recently made. California basket weaving is incredibly rich in history, and content.

Corky Mills

Corky Mills' Lakota name is Winyan Ishnala, or “Lone Woman.” She is from the Cheyenne River Eagle Butte Agency of Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Mills is a descendant of Chiefs White Horse, White Swan, War Eagle and John Grass.

Millie Richards Vela

Millie Richards Vela's Lakota name is Winyan Hunska, or “Tall Woman,” is a member of the Oglala Tribe of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Vela comes from a family of renowned quilters whose works are part of the Smithsonian National Quilt Collection.

Winyan Omnicha - The Gathering of the Women

“The Shawl Project: Winyan Omnicha – Gathering of the Women” brings women together in a six-week period to learn to make traditional Native American shawls while learning about tribal histories and culture from community elders. During this time, the women are taught to make traditional Native American shawls, which are often worn as part of women’s regalia at powwows. Making shawls for powwows is an artistic and culturally charged endeavor. The Shawl Project is led by Tulare residents and elders Corky Mills and Millie Richards Vela. Mills and Vela bring a combined 160 winters (years) of knowledge and experience to the project.

Winyan Omnicha -The Gathering of the Women is now becoming a nonprofit Native Organization. That’s focus will be to help all Native Tribal people. Its founding idea is a Native concept that is rooted from the experiences on the Reservation in South Dakota where Corky Mills and Millie Vela were raised. Growing up, the women would gather. If someone were sick or needed help, it was the women who provided the care for them. New mothers were guided and cared for. Projects like sewing quilts and shawls were communal. There was no one in charge; it was simply a beautiful way to provide comfort.


This guide has been created by the CCC Librarians in support of the Clovis Community College Gallery Exhibitions.  It is intended to provide students and our community with resources about the concepts on display and related to the exhibition.  If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Diaz Wrest, Librarian

Please note, we are adding titles to this page throughout the month.  Please check back regularly for updated information.