The Mojave Project Webinar Series: African American Homesteading in Lanfair Valley


Jul. 21, 2022, 7pm to 8:30pm
The Mojave Desert

MIRAGE, Primm, NV (2019) Kim Stringfellow

The sheer physical vastness and suggested “emptiness” of the Mojave Desert has attracted artists for staging various actions and interventions while, in turn, inviting inquiries into human cognition and the sensory processes that determine how we perceive and make sense of our physicality within this arid environment. In this image, Primm, Nevada, on the border of California and Nevada, appears like a mirage as drivers approach the settlement on Interstate 15.


African American Homesteading in Lanfair Valley

During the early twentieth century, 23 African American families filed for homesteads in the eastern Mojave at Lanfair Valley near Goffs, Calif. Palm Springs-based artist Barbara Gothard has been conducting extensive research on these homesteaders, which has led to a body of artwork on display at the San Bernardino County Museum from February 8 – April 20, 2022. For this Transformation and Reinvention panel discussion, Gothard will be in conversation with Claytee White, who directs the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries. As one of the five founders of the Las Vegas Black Historical Society Inc., White chronicles the history of the Las Vegas black community that was established in 1905. This panel will be held as a Zoom webinar hosted by UNLV on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 7 – 8:30 pm. 

The Mojave Desert is undergoing profound physical transformation due to human activity. The Mojave Project illuminates how human activities affect wildlife habitat, ecosystems, and our quality of life throughout this arid bioregion. Understanding what is at stake is crucial to transition to a sustainable future for all living organisms. To do so, we must delve into the history of regional land use, including that of the Mojave’s Indigenous Peoples and others previously underrepresented.

The four scheduled webinars coincide with The Mojave Project exhibition at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and bring together a variety of voices and perspectives, including Indigenous culture bearers, scholars, researchers, artists and activists from the Mojave Desert bioregion spanning California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. This free-to-the-public webinar series educates audiences by generating impactful conversation. Please join us by registering below. Note that you will need to register for each webinar program separately.

Each panel discussion focuses on a Mojave Project theme to prompt dialog and conversation.



Admission Information

This panel will be held as a Zoom webinar hosted by UNLV on Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 7 – 8:30 pm.

Register for this free online event.

Contact Information

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

External Sponsor

This program is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant through California Humanities. and hosted by the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art UNLV.


Barrick Museum