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October 17, 2007

Gavilan College Fine Arts Gallery Presents Stretch of Life: Views of the Vaigai River of South India

WHAT: Photographs and sounds that were collected along the Vaigai River by Peter Nabokov and J. Rajasekaran. One of India's southernmost rivers, the Vaigai emerges from rains, springs, waterfalls and creeks in the mountainous spine of western India.

The 7030 square-kilometer Vaigai Basin has long provided natural resources, free land, poetic inspiration, recreational opportunities and respite for villagers, trades-folk, squatters, and hunters throughout its length. Shrines, temples, mosques and churches dot its banks.

For fifteen years Peter Nabokov and J. Rajasekaran have been researching this river's cultural and ecological history. This exhibit is a collage of sights and sounds from life on the Vaigai River collected during this period.

WHO: Peter Nabokov, Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, Guggenheim Fellow 2007, Anthropologist and writer. Nabokov has conducted ethnographic and ethnohistorical research with Native American communities throughout North America.

He is the author of eight books including Indian Running, Native American Testimony: From Prophecy to the Present 1442 - 1992, and Native American Architecture.

Nabokov recently served on the Anthropology faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

WHERE & WHEN: The Gavilan College Art Gallery located in the Gavilan Library.
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy
Opening reception on November 8, 2007 at 7:00 PM with Peter Nabokov.
Exhibition on display from October 15 to December 7, 2007

For more information please contact Jane Rekedal at (408) 848-4833.

Last modified: August 17, 2011
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