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Frank LaPena: Artist, Historian, Nomptipom/Wintu

Frank LaPena, an internationally exhibited painter and published poet, was born in 1937 in
San Francisco. As a young man, he became interested in the song, dance, and ceremonial
traditions of his tribe. He has worked with the elders of the Nomtipom Wintu, the Nomlaki
Wintun of Northern California, and elders of neighboring tribes, and he is a founding member
of the Maidu Dancers and Traditionalists, dedicated to the revival and preservation of these
Native arts. LaPena lectures widely on American Indian traditional and cultural issues,
emphasizing California traditions. His art has been exhibited since 1960 in twenty-two one-
man and numerous group shows across the United States, Europe, Central and South America, Cuba, Australia, and New Zealand. He has been a consultant to museums across the country, including the De Young, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Smithsonian Institution's
National Museum of the American Indian.He lives in Sacramento and is still active in ceremonial
life as a singer and dance leader.     -     California Academy of Sciences
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