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Advisory Council Member. . . L Frank Manriquez

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L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachmem), a Native California Indian artist, tribal scholar, cartoonist, language advocate, and self-described “decolonizationist,” L. Frank is the co-founder of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival and serves on the board of The Cultural Conservancy.

Frank Manriquez is a mixed media artist, accomplished in stone carving, etching, painting, and drawing. Her art work has been exhibited at the Gorman Museum at UC Davis, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California State Indian Museum, American Indian Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, and Gallery One in Pt. Reyes. She has a regular column/graphic piece entitled Acorn Soup in the quarterly publication, News From Native California, and authored two books, Acorn Soup and First Families: A Photographic History of California Indians, both published by Heyday Books


Since 1992, every issue of News from Native California has carried a feature loved and anticipated by its subscribers--a cartoon by L. Frank Manriquez. With backwards writing to slow the reader down, each cartoon places us in a whimsical and improbable world, challenging stereotypes about California Indians and preconceptions about life in general. Here we find Coyote in all his guises contradictions, the Creator of the Universe and the Buffoon, the Trickster and the Tricked, the Indian's Wise Fool.  L. Frank's Coyote and friends have one foot in the modern world, the other in the ancient. Dressed in a suit and necktie, Coyote waits at a bus stop with a deer-head decoy mask and briefcase. Attending an art museum opening, he thinks of the wine and cheese. He's as modern as any of us, but still he's Coyote!

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