The project that Grace Hudson and her husband undertook when she began to paint portraits of the Pomo and he began to amass their exquisite baskets and other artifacts has become the record of a vanishing people and way of life. Her paintings and the captions she wrote and affixed to them bear witness to the daily lives of a people who, despite years of suffering, laughed and loved and played, worked and worshipped and prayed, a people who–to this day–seek the recognition we see in Hudson’s work. Ma-Ka, The Pilferer, has found a nest of eggs in the woods. It is a treasure, but he seems unsure about having taken it.
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