Location: San Jose California, USA
Further explorations of the Guadalupe River Walk. I revisit the Coyote statue and discover that it was erected in honor of the old Coyote god of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, the indigenous people who lived here before the Spanish arrived. The Muwekma are still among us and it is comforting to know that the Coyote is still revered in the area.
As I walked further along the river bed I discovered the the Guadalupe River emerges as a wild river before becoming a concrete channel. Here are un-manicured trees, rocks, and a free flowing stream. It is a wild area, but on the banks there are “No Trespassing” signs.
At the convention, I am working the art show. And today is the last day of art show bidding and a process known as the sweeps. Most of the art is for sale and has a bid sheet with a minimum bid listed, and room for up to six bidders to place their bids. If there are six bids, the piece goes to auction, otherwise the last bidder gets the piece.
Most of the bidders are hoping to get the piece they want for the lowest price, but there is always the danger that someone will outbid you. Here the bidding closes at noon, so just before noon, we have the spectacle of the bidders hovering around to artwork to protect their bids. When we do the sweeps, we shoo away the bidders and mark the final bids. Up until the final moment, there is high tension and sometimes high drama around the contested art.
Later in the day I do a panel on “Travel as Transformation” I am the only USA born person on this panel, and it is an interesting mix of cultural perspectives.