Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation
On May 25, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, through the Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation, unveiled two murals dedicated to celebrating the essence of the Tribe's legacy and culture, creating a unique experience that engages and inspires the community to increase the appreciation for the arts. The foundation brought together Tribal members and professional artists over several days and hosted a live mural painting event on Saturday, May 22.
"We wanted to share with everyone two murals that depict our resilient culture and gives them something beautiful to look at and smile upon, while also inspiring our community to appreciate the arts and to follow in their own creativity," said Tribal Chairman Andrew “Dru” Alejandre. "We envision these murals to be must-see spots for the community and tourists visiting the City of Corning because they capture the essence of the first people in the area. We're excited to have people engage with the murals that are further enhancing the city."
Tribal Chairman Andrew "Dru" Alejandre played an integral role in driving the mural projects to completion. He shares a passion for the arts given his background, having earned a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute in Sacramento.
The Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation has remained committed to supporting efforts that encourage the community to pursue the arts, obtain higher education and improve the well-being of the Tribe and surrounding communities to develop the quality of life in the region. The Tribe has contributed over $9 million locally through the Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation to benefit local health, safety, and education programs.
The first mural, located at 1120 Solano St. honors the legacy and culture of the first people of this area, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians. The Tribe came together with Urbanists Collective, a community-based arts organization, to design and paint a mural that included culturally relevant designs and imagery, such as Northern Flicker Birds and Nomlaki Basket designs interwoven with an image of a matriarch wrapped in a blanket. The colors and art style are contemporary and unique, highlighting the past, present and future.
Each design has a significant meaning for the Tribe, from the Northern Flicker Bird feathers that are used as bands for tribal regalia, to the clap stick, that is made from local elderberry sticks, and the tule reeds, that grow all over the community and have been used by the Tribe in regalia and basketry.
The designs are all interconnected to tell the story of the federally recognized sovereign nation consisting of “Central Wintun” people who are located in Northern California and have a deep tradition of resiliency, culture and strong vision for all people living in the Corning-Paskenta Tribal Community.
The second mural located at 1215 Solano St. adorns a wall near the beloved Rodgers Theater. This mural is based on four animals, a bear, a fox, salmon, and a woodpecker. Professional muralists from Sacramento, Berkeley, San Jose, and Tacoma, Washington each painted an animal, bringing their own unique style to the theme.
The artists for the mural are:
- Urbanists Collective - https://www.urbanistscollective.com / Instagram: @urbanists_ca and @urbanists_wa
- Abel Gonzalez – https://driftin.one / Instagram: @driftin
- Felicia Gabaldon - https://feliciagabaldon.com / Instagram: @feliciagabaldonart
- Franceska Gámez - https://www.franceskagamez.com / Instagram: @ewfrank
- Jorge Mota – Instagram: @chief_mota_
The public and residents from the Corning and surrounding communities are invited to stop by and enjoy the murals.
About Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians
The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians owns Rolling Hills Casino & Resort, which includes the Casino, three restaurants, two conference centers, a Brewery & Distillery, RV Park and Travel Center, The Equestrian Center at Rolling Hills and The Links at Rolling Hills Golf Course. They employ over 500 team members, most of whom work full time with health care benefits and 401k options. Each year, hundreds of thousands of guests visit Rolling Hills Casino, bringing with them tourist dollars that benefit the local economy. The Casino and the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians are strong community partners supporting local programs through generous grants and sponsorships. The Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to community organizations each year, with over $9 million donated to benefit local health, safety and education programs.