Get ‘in the spirit’ with local native artists “In the Spirit” returns this weekend, the seventh annual celebration of contemporary Native Northwest arts at the Washington State History Museum and one of the largest in the region.
The culmination of a two-month juried art exhibit of 21 local artists, “In the Spirit” includes a free outdoor market and performing arts festival, plus free admission to the museum, courtesy of The Evergreen State College Longhouse and the Washington State Historical Society.
The exhibit, as always, features a variety of media, including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, and prints, in both traditional and contemporary styles. This year’s Best of Show went to “Yeili daax’oonda heen taakw: Raven’s Fourth Winter” by Shaadoo’tlaa Tinaa’yeil (Tlingit), while the Honoring the Northwest prize went to “Wocus Gatherers” by Kaila Farrell-Smith (Klamath), Honoring Tradition went to “Chief’s Lightning Regalia” by Misty Kalama-Archer (Puyallup), Honoring Innovation was awarded to “Recycled Flying Head” by Linley Logan (Seneca), and the Legacy Gallery Print Prize was given to “Seaweed Gatherer” by Denise Emerson (Skokomish). You can vote for your own favorite at the festival this Saturday; the Peoples’ Choice Award winner will be announced at the end of the day.
Outside on the plaza, you can buy original art from regional vendors selling baskets, weavings, clothing, jewelry, prints and carvings. The performing arts lineup has an even greater variety, including the Haandei I Jin Dance Group and Alaska Kuteeya Dancers, musicians Vince Redhouse (Navajo) and acclaimed rock band Scatter Their Own, as well as the Puyallup Canoe Family and others. Here’s the line-up:
10 a.m.: Ceremonial blessing, and song and introduction
10:30 a.m.: Puyallup Canoe Family plays authentic Native Northwest music
11:30 a.m.: Tlingit dance group Haandei I Jin with Klukwan, Hoonah, and Klawock dancers
12:30 p.m.: Flutist Rona Yellow Robe (Cree/African American)
1:30 p.m.: Actor, storyteller and musician Cochise Anderson
3:30 p.m.: Awards ceremony, with People’s Choice winner announced
4 p.m.: Native songs and dances performed by Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers
5 p.m.: Woodwind performance by Grammy-nominated Vince Redhouse (Navajo)
7 p.m.: Close
“In The Spirit” runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Admission is free. washingtonhistory.orgRosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 email@example.com