She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar

Sunday Jul 31 2016   12:00 AM
Grace Hudson Museum  431 S Main St, Ukiah, CA  map

Show dates: April 20 through July 31

Filled with stunning photographs that reveal the richness and vibrancy of contemporary Native Californian cultures, this traveling exhibit features the work of Dugan Aguilar (Mountain Maidu/Washoe/Pit River/Walker River Paiute). From basket makers and dancers, to military veterans and motorcyclists, his images provide an intimate look into the lives of current day California Indians. At the Grace Hudson Museum, Aguilar’s photographs will be supplemented with Native objects and regalia.

She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar is a partnership with Exhibit Envoy, Heyday, and the Native Fund, curated by Theresa Harlan (Kewa; enrolled member of Santo Domingo Pueblo) and Dugan Aguilar. Support from Janet King and the Sun House Guild have enabled its Ukiah venue.

Admission: $4 per person, $10 per family, $3 for seniors and students, free to members; free the first Friday of every month, 10–8. For more information visit

Inspired by Native artists who create beauty from the intersection of history, culture, and life experience, Theresa Harlan became an advocate for them through her work as a curator and writer on contemporary Native art and photography. She administered programs for the California Arts Council and directed the Carl Gorman Museum in the Native American studies department at UC Davis. Harlan is Kewa (enrolled member of Santo Domingo Pueblo), and is the adopted daughter of Liz Campigli Harlan (Coast Miwok, Tomales Bay) and John Harlan. She lives in Vallejo, California, with her husband.
Dugan Aguilar is a Mountain Maidu/Pit River/Walker River Paiute photographer whose work celebrates the perseverance of Native American culture. He has exhibited his work at the Institute for Indian Arts, the California State Indian Museum, and the C.N. Gorman Museum. He is the recipient of several awards from the Santa Fe Indian Market.