Celebration at Indian Alley by Tom Grode

mms_picture (29) This past Sunday from eleven to seven was a special cultural gathering as Native artist Votan added a portrait of Crow Chief Plenty Coups to Indian Alley. On the second floor of 118 Winston was a showing of “Legacy of Exiled Indians” by photographer Pamela J. Peters.  Peters work will be featured in this upcoming Art Walk at the 118 Winston location.

Over the past year Indian Alley, between Main Street and Los Angeles Street, on Winston Street, has experienced an artistic rebirth.

Numerous murals and other artwork are now in the alley and along Winston, many of them depicting Native American themes with the artwork done by Natives.

A few years ago photographer Stephen Ziegler took over 118 Winston, an entrance point into the alley named Werdlin Place and nicknamed Heroin Alley for its history of drugs and violence.

Ziegler learned it was also known as Indian Alley, a common gathering point for Natives in Skid Row, and his 118 Winston building was the former location for United American Indian Involvement, an outreach and community rehab spot for Native American alcoholics in Skid Row in the 1970’s and 80’s.

Ziegler commissioned an artist to add the Indian Alley street sign to Werdlin Place and since then has worked with street artists to paint the alley as well as the walls of Winston Street itself.

For more on Peters exhibit, here is an article from Indian Country Today…click here.

Peters arranged for Native drummers to join the celebration and pictured here is a friendship Circle dance.

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By Tom Grode

Blogger’s note: The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Trees on San Pedro Street Project editrix, Ms. McNenny. This is a Community improvement blog and not faith-based.

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