"Since 2019 members of the Wiyot Tribe and Dell’Arte have been collaborating on the Bartow Project — a project documenting and celebrating the life and work of late Wiyot artist Rick Bartow. After the pandemic stalled the project a bit and forced the creators to reimagine the process, the project is finally being realized and will primarily consist of four short films about Bartow to be release in Spring of 2022.
On this week’s episode of Humboldt Holding Up — the Outpost’s mildly creative podcast — Artistic Directors of the Bartow Project Michelle Hernandez (Wiyot) and Zuzka Sabata discuss the relationship between Dell’Arte and the tribe, the project’s and the story of Bartow and his incredible paintings, drawing’s and sculptures, and other topics, including:
- The Sunrise Gathering taking place on the Baduwa’t (Mad) River on Thanksgiving morning
- The “awakening” of Wiyot traditions and how Wiyot culture is become more widely accepted by the community
- Other collaborations between the tribe and Dell’Arte, including the Baduwa’t Festival
- Herndez’s personal relationship with Bartow “uncle Rick” and some stories of his visits in Humboldt