CULTURAL ARTIFACTS, FINE ART PRINTS, SMOKED SALMON AND CHILDREN’S CRAFTS HIGHLIGHT NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
LINCOLN CITY – Locals, visitors, children and families are invited to enjoy traditional and modern samples of Native American arts and culture, free food and family fun, at the third annual Native American Heritage Festival. This year’s event will be held from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. All events are free of charge, and open to the public.
This event will honor the national Native American Heritage Month, and is co-sponsored by Chinook Winds Casino Resort and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
Throughout the day
* Opening reception, Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, CHESSMAN GALLERY
Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts is a non-profit organization aimed at providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. With an emphasis on contemporary, fine-art printmaking, the institute also functions as a venue for teaching the traditional Native arts practices of the Columbia Plateau region. This exhibit, on loan throughout the month of November, features prints by Lillian Pitt, Rick Bartow, and many others.
* Samples of smoked salmon and other traditional foods, CHESSMAN GALLERY
Provided by Chef Jack Strong, Chinook Winds Casino Resort. While supplies last.
* Make-and-take Native American crafts, ELIZABETHAN ROOM
Shell necklaces, feather fans and coloring pages, designed to celebrate Native arts and crafts traditions.
* Native American Book Sale, HALLWAY
A wide variety of themed books and gifts, offered by Bob’s Beach Books of Lincoln City
1 pm Presentation: “Cultural Treasures from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians with Robert Kentta, AUDITORIUM
Councilman and Cultural Director Robert Kentta will bring priceless artifacts from tribes’ collection, and give an update on the ongoing effort to acquire and protect such pieces from the past.
2 pm Presentation: “Native American Art of Oregon” with Dr. Tracy J. Prince, AUDITORIUM
What differentiates Native American art in Oregon from Native art in other parts of the Pacific Northwest? How are Oregon’s history and culture represented in Native art and how can we learn more about our community’s values and aspirations by looking at the artwork? Prince has taught university classes on Native American art and literature for nineteen years. She studies traditions that have survived the suppression of Native identity and customs.
Native American Heritage Month began as American Indian Day, which was first honored by the Boy Scouts of America and the Congress of the American Indian Association, around 1912. The first government to recognize American Indian Day was New York, where it entered the record in 1916. The first month dedicated to the heritage of the First Peoples was in November 1990, designated by a joint resolution of Congress and approved by Pres. George H. W. Bush; it has been re-issued each year since 1994.
Native American Heritage Month is celebrated each November by museums, schools, historical sites, tribal governments and cultural institutions across the country, from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center, inside the historic Delake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101, is hosting its third annual Native American Heritage Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, art classes and visitor information inside the historic Delake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101. For tickets and information, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.