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Earth and sky.Corn and rain.Men and women.Ancient...

Earth and sky.

Corn and rain.

Men and women.

Ancient ways and modern innovations.

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Balancing all these opposites is the genius of the Hopi, a Southwestern Indian tribe known for its elaborate religious ceremonies and exquisite handicrafts.

“Life in the Balance: The Hopi Way,” an exhibit running through December at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, features pottery, baskets, kachina dolls, textiles and other Hopi artifacts, as well as works by pioneer photographer Adam Clark Vroman that show how the tribe preserved its culture while adjusting to outside influences.

Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at the museum at Marmion Way and Museum Drive in Highland Park. Phone: (213) 221-2163.

Today at 7:30 p.m., LaVerne Masayesva Jeanne, a member of the Hopi tribe and an anthropology professor at the University of Nevada in Reno, will provide a closer look at one of the key points of balance. She will present a slide lecture titled “Reflections of Women in the Hopi Culture” in the museum’s Norman F. Sprague Jr. Gallery. Jeanne, who holds a doctorate in linguistics, will also discuss the Hopi language. Admission to the lecture is $7. Reservations are required. Phone: (213) 221-2164.

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