2539Re: [aloha-donblanding] Digest Number 356
- Aug 7, 2001I would hesitate at being negative in judging the
Dunites and especially those who lived in the Oceano
area of the Central California Coast. Indeed, the
people were independent and some had mental or social
maladjustments, but the free thinking and free living
gave support to many ingenious uses of the rich dune
environment where they lived in harmony with Mother
Nature. It also gave rise to a settlement of
intellectual curiosity and artistic endeavor.
Chester Alan Arthur III was grandson of former
president Chester Arthur who changed his name to
Gavin. He came to the dunes and developed close
relationship with several of the Dunites and later
lived there and established a sort of center for
intellectuals to come and go. It became a retreat of
sorts where well known people in all fields of the
arts visited and participated in lively discussions
and presentations. Circa 1932, the area was dubbed
Gavin Arthur developed there a community house and
the motto of Moy Mell was "Individuality within
Community". He published a magazine called "Dune
Forum" which contained articles and letters and poetic
works from famous people in the arts who shared the
vision and were kindred seekers of Truth.
More on this can be found in the book "The Dunites"
by Norm Hammond.
Also, there was an interesting segment on the
Dunites of Oceano Dunes aired on PBS on California's
Gold, with Huell Howser. I believe that the website
for this is the same as the name of the program.
--- Jakable@... wrote:
> The Dunites were featured briefly in a Bay Area
> Backroads TV show (a San
> Francisco-based show) from several years back. They
> were described as pretty
> independent and not really a community. They seemed
> to be a group of misfits
> living in thrown together shacks in the dunes
> without benefit of water,
> electricity or other amenities. Their artist efforts
> were, however,
> recognized even though they have faded into
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
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