Image by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Seminole/Muskogee/Dine)

Image by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Seminole/Muskogee/Dine)

Find where your energy wants to be. Find your tune, find your voice, yourself.
— Frank Dominguez

FRANK DOMINGUEZ

 

TRIBE:  Santa Ynez Band of Chumash

MEDIUM: Painting, Jewelry, Sculptures

LOCATION: Santa Maria, California

 

2008 COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD HONOREE

 

 

"Find where your energy wants to be. Find your tune, find your voice,  yourself. This will help lead you to our language, our baskets, our music. Be open to receiving. By returning to our culture, we remember that generations of people lived before us and many will follow. We will go on. Art has the power to make us whole again and get to know ourselves and our history." - Frank Dominguez 

“Frank Dominguez is truly committed to perpetuating the cultural values and lifeways of our Samala Chumash people. By utilizing the gifts bestowed upon him by the Creator, Frank serves our community by working with youth and adults to ensure that our cultural legacy lives on. He is a traditionally grounded father, visual artist, musician, culture bearer, linguist, and educator. In an increasingly complex world, people like Frank are beacons of light that show us the way to a strong and sustainable future as Native people.” - Niki Sandoval, nominator