CELEBRATE NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE, NOV. 10 AT THE LINCOLN CITY CULTURAL CENTER
LINCOLN CITY – What are some of the traditional foods of Oregon’s coastal tribes, and how are they used today? How does the art from Native Americans in this region differ from those in the Northwest at large, and from tribes in other parts of North America? How are members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians preserving their traditions, and contributing to the historical record?
You can explore those questions, while enjoying free food samples, a historical exhibit, book sale and make-and-take art projects, at the second annual Native American Heritage Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The afternoon festival, which is free and open to the public, will be held from noon to 4 pm. It will be followed by an evening concert, a ticketed event with flutist Jan Michael Looking Wolf, starting at 7 pm. All events will be held at the center, 540 NE Hwy. 101, in Lincoln City.
These experiences are made possible through the financial support of the City of Lincoln City, and in-kind contributions from Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Historic Anchor Inn. The festival was planned with the help of three partner non-profits: the Siletz Tribal Arts & Heritage Society, the North Lincoln County Historical Museum and The Oregon Encyclopedia.
The free afternoon festival will include a visit from cultural historian and tribal council member Robert Kentta. His presentation, “Baskets, Beads and Regalia: Cultural Treasures from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians,” will begin at 1 pm. At 2 pm, professor Rebecca Dobkins of the Oregon Encyclopedia project, will discuss “Hidden in Plain Sight: Native American Art in Western Oregon.” At 3 pm, the public is invited into the LCCC auditorium for ideas and free samples from Chef Jack Strong, an enrolled member of the CTSI and the executive chef at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
The cultural center will close at 4 pm, and will re-open at 6:30 pm for the evening concert presentation. The featured artist will be Jan Michael Looking Wolf, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde who has become a renowned interpreter of Native American Flute music. A Kalapuya native who also has Irish ancestry, he is committed “to the path of the native flute … a path of healing, a path of peace.” Looking Wolf’s concert will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, free for children 12 and under. To learn more, call the LCCC box office at 541-994-9994.
“The People Are Dancing Again,” an exhibit about the history of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, will be on display in the Chessman Gallery throughout the month of November. The display is on gracious loan from the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, and is based on Charles Wilkinson’s ground-breaking book by the same name. It draws from oral tradition and personal interviews, and includes artifacts from the museum’s collection.
“Our center sits on city owned property, in the middle of the original Coast Reservation, land that was given, then taken back, by the U.S. government. We’re right between the historic headquarters of the CTSI, in Siletz, and its modern business enterprise, Chinook Winds,” said Niki Price, executive director of the LCCC. “In the center of Lincoln City on Hwy. 101, we play host to visitors from around the world. What better place to explore our shared history, and to celebrate indigenous arts and traditions?”
Native American Heritage Festival
Saturday, Nov. 10
Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101
Free Daytime Activities
* “The People Are Dancing Again” Historical Exhibit, Chessman Gallery
* Make and Take Art Project, Hallway
* Book sale and marketplace featuring Bob’s Beach Books, Hallway
1 pm “Baskets, Beads and Regalia: Cultural Treasures from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians” with Robert Kentta
2 pm “Hidden in Plain Sight: Native American Art in Western Oregon” with Professor Rebecca Dobkins
3 pm “Modern Approaches to Traditional Foods” with Chef Jack Strong, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Chef Strong, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, will talk about native cuisine and offer free
4-6:30 pm, LCCC closed
7 pm Native American recording artist Jan Michael Looking Wolf (Grand Ronde) $15/advance, $17 at the door