Voices from the Past
February 27, 2005 – Star Babies and Whistling Grandmothers: Mythic Stories of the Puget Salish Tribes – Roger Fernandes, an enrolled member of the Lower-Elwha Band of S’Klallam Indians, is an artist and educator who has worked for over twenty years to bring attention to the uniqueness and spirituality of the Puget Salish art and culture. The native tribes of the Puget Sound and the western Washington region tell many mythic stories that address the questions of creation, how human beings came to be, the meaning of our existence, and the challenges that confront us as humans. In hearing these stories we begin to understand the Native view of the world and how humans are supposed to live in it. This program is made possible through Humanities Washington, 1:00 P.M. at the Yakima Valley Museum.
March 6, 2005 – A Tlingit Michelangelo – During a 30-year career examining the works of tribal art from the Northwest Coast (British Columbia and Southeastern Alaska), Barry Herem has documented a treasured store of haunting and controversial works, monumental in scale and long sequestered in a prominent tribal building known as the Whale House in the tiny but historic village of Klukwan, Alaska. The sacrosanct nature of the Whale House is due in large measure to the fact that it shelters four immense totemic house posts and an 18-foot wide carved and painted cedar screen (circa 1830) which are recognized by the Tlingit and outside experts alike as the greatest works of art ever created on the Northwest Coast. “This is the story,” Herem says, “of a North American Michelangelo in wood whose incomparable images have been carved with the same heroic intensity and conviction as those of the greatest European masters.” This program is made possible through Humanities Washington and is at a new venue, Yakima's Allied ArtsCenter at 1:00 P.M.
April 10, 2005 – Native Vision – A Living Voices presentation that combines acting with video presentation. In this performance that looks at Native Americans in the 1930s and 1940s, a Navajo girl reflects on her people’s past as she struggles to maintain her culture in a government-run boarding school, reaches for her dream of becoming a modern healer, and helps nurse men from her community as they fight for the U.S. as WW II code talkers. This program is made possible by the Yakima Valley Museum and takes place at 1:00 P.M. at the Museum.
Voices from the Past is free and open to the public.