www.montereycountyweekly.com FEBRUARY 22-28, 2024 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY 27 ARTS Born to Spanish parents in France, Jaíme DeAngulo (18871950) ventured to the United States with the idea of becoming a cowboy. DeAngulo was a self-taught linguist and anthropologist, an ethnomusicologist, a doctor and a psychologist. But his greatest gift was his ear for and understanding of Indigenous cultures. “He is an incredible figure,” says Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, a poet and the head of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, where one of two upcoming DeAngulo events will take place. “His breadth of knowledge is impressive.” According to DeAngulo scholar Andrew Schelling, the diversity of languages meant paradise to DeAngulo. That’s why he was so determined to collect information about disappearing native languages and old stories that die with them. DeAngulo spoke many native languages that served him as tools for collecting stories, documenting folklore, even music. He did fieldwork with more than a dozen tribes, sometimes assigned to collect texts, although he was not focused on the written word, preferring oral tradition. He was a poet, too. But also a doctor who never practiced, and more than anything a great storyteller. DeAngulo met Robinson and Una Jeffers in 1915. He invited them for dinner and served steaks, also to the dogs. When they were finished, they threw dirty plates off the porch. Mercurial and unpredictable, he imagined himself to be the Old Coyote of Big Sur and part of the Left Coast artistic bohema that included people such as Henry Miller. Despite his expertise, he never published a book in his life. His first works were published in 1953, including bestselling Italian Tales for children. With time, he had his own radio show too, and there are recordings of Indian Tales live on KPFA radio from 1949. Schelling will be one of the speakers at both events. He points out that DeAngulo saw linguistics as a tool of spiritual awakening for the world. The other is Mary Kerr, whose exploration of DeAngulo started through a friendship with his daughter. Exploring the Literary and Cultural Legacy of Jaíme de Angulo with authors Mary Kerr and Andrew Schelling. 7pm Friday, Feb. 23. Tor House, 26304 Ocean View, Carmel. $15. By reservation only and almost sold out. 624-1813, torhouse.org. 3pm Saturday, Feb. 24, Henry Miller Memorial Library, 48603 Highway 1, Big Sur. 667-2574. tinyurl.com/6ndaemjn. UNA JEFFERS C-0 TOR HOUSE FOUNDATION Past Life Two events follow the legacy of Jaime DeAngulo, the Old Coyote of Big Sur. By Agata Pop˛eda Jaíme DeAngulo, holding his daughter, and Robinson Jeffers with his twin sons at the Standing Rocks, the future site of Tor House in Carmel, circa 1918. Photo by Una Jeffers. Sun - Thurs 12pm– 8pm Fri & Sat 12pm – 8:30pm 720 BROADWAY AVE. SEASIDE Call 831-899-1762 to order DINE IN / TAKEOUT / DELIVERY Great Dough Great Pizza is Thin crust & Sourdough pizzas Salads & Calzones • Pasta • Subs Draft beer on tap • Wine • Dessert Serving handmade pizzas with fresh, quality ingredients At The Oven, we believe 10% OFF your order with this ad Valid until 3/31/2024 sweet & savory crepes • paninis • bagels • tea • 11th Hour coffee Smoked Salmon Bagel smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato, onion, optional: add egg 1123 Fremont Blvd, Seaside 831-901-3900 Mon–Fri 7am–4pm (Sat & Sun 8am–4pm) The Sweet and Savory Spot Smash Tournament 1st Fridays Open Mic 2nd Fridays Trivia Night 3rd Fridays THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ @ FRESH. LOCAL. TASTY. Fisherman’s Wharf FRESHEST SEAFOOD with PANORAMIC VIEWS Open Daily at 11:30am • At the end of Fisherman’s Wharf #1 www.rockfishmonterey.com • 831.324.4375 LIVE MUSIC Wednesdays 5–7:30pm