See Wiyot Leader Kiwelattah's Portrait at City Hall Through March
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2012
HISTORIC PORTRAIT OF WIYOT ELDER KIWELATTAH ON DISPLAY AT CITY HALL FOR ARTS! ARCATA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
(Arcata, CA) – An historic portrait of Kiwelattah, a Wiyot tribe elder and leader, will be on display in the City Hall lobby for this Friday’s Arts! Arcata celebrations from 6 to 9 p.m. A representative from the Clarke Museum will be on hand for part of the evening to answer questions and talk about the portrait.
Kiwelattah greeted members of the Gregg/Wood exploration party to the shores of Humboldt Bay in 1850. Explorer L.K. Wood commissioned Humboldt artist J.A. Shaw to paint Kiwelattah’s portrait in 1852.
The portrait is on loan to the Clarke Museum by a private party. Thanks to grants from various donors, Kiwelattah’s likeness and accompanying exhibit will be on display at Arcata City Hall, which lies within the Wiyot Tribe’s aboriginal territory, during business hours in the months of February and March 2012.
The Humboldt County Society of Pioneers, the Arcata Foundation, Arlene and Bill Hartin, the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria and the Wiyot Tribe all contributed toward the restoration and preservation of Kiwelattah’s portrait. L.K. Wood descendants Robin, Gordon and Ross Kuhnle of K & M Glass donated time and materials for the portrait’s protective display case.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see and learn about an important part of Arcata’s history. For more information, please call the Arcata City Manager’s Office at (707) 822-5953.