La Charla de la Gente: Ayer
This series of panels presented by Northwest Folklife will examine Mexican American, Chicanx, Latinx, and Indigenous identities.
Preston Singletary: Raven's Treasures
Over the course of a career spanning more than 40 years, contemporary Tlingit artist Preston Singletary has become one of the biggest names in the Northwest's thriving, collaborative glass-art community. Challenging the notion that indigenous art must be defined by a relationship to traditional materials, Singletary's work has expanded the notion of what constitutes a "traditional material," creating objects rooted in both history and innovation. Singletary's work is in the collections of many museums around the world, including the Museum of Glass. EMILY POTHAST
The Resistance Saga
See a free screening of the film 500 Years: Life in Resistance, the latest in a trilogy about indigenous people in Guatemala, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. The organizers write that the film is about "the epic story that led Guatemala to a tipping point in their history, from the genocide trial of General Ríos Montt to the citizen uprising that toppled President Otto Perez Molina."
The Resistance Saga Workshop
Human rights leader and journalist Dr. Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj will lead a workshop featuring a screening of When the Mountains Tremble (the first movie in the Resistance Saga trilogy about indigenous people in Guatemala) and a talk about "the groundbreaking movement to honor the dignity of Guatemala’s Indigenous communities." The workshop will wrap up with a presentation from Paco de Onís and Pamela Yates of the human rights media organization Skylight about the making of the trilogy.
Natalie Diaz: Self-Portraits
Most people know Natalie Diaz for the hilarious and poignant poetry found in her first collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press). But at Hugo House, she'll reveal a series of self-portraits paired with new poems as part of a discussion about contemporary Native identity. Her presentation falls on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edward S. Curtis, the Seattle-based photographer credited with creating the images white America associates with Native Americans, which makes this whole thing hum with historical significance. RICH SMITH
SpiritWalk - Walk for Native Health
Celebrate Native cultures and help expand healthcare resources for local Native communities at this 5K walk/run. A picnic with live entertainment and raffles will follow.
Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018: March and City Celebration
Gather for a blessing and rally in Westlake Park and march to City Hall for a program of Native music and performances before the 5th Annual Indigenous People's Day Celebration at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.
5th Annual Indigenous People's Day Celebration
After the Indigenous Peoples’ Day March and City Celebration downtown, gather at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center to celebrate Native cultures in the Puget Sound—particularly Native womxn—at this fifth annual celebration. After a dinner, activists Luana Ross and Jeri Moomaw will give presentations and indigenous dancers from around the country will perform.
Highline Indigenous People's Day
At this third annual celebration, Denise Bill will share traditions of the Muckleshoot Tribe and Hiram Calf Looking (of the NW Two Spirit Society) will talk about healing and advocacy.
Yəhaw̓ Artist Residency - Native Kut
Artists-in-residence Pah-tu Pitt and Sean Gallagher will carve and print in the library, creating work around the theme of water rights.
Indigenous Futures: Native Voices in Filmmaking
See four films that showcase Native voices and stories, meet Northwest tribal leaders, and learn about organizations—like Real Rent—that are working to represent local indigenous peoples.
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Marie Watt: Companion Species
Watt experiments in many forms—monumental sculpture, tapestry, print, etching—but returns frequently to animal forms, indigenous knowledge, and powerful words.
Opening reception Oct 4
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This Is Our Home, Where We Belong
Diné/Twana curator and contributor Denise Emerson has chosen four fellow Coast Salish women artists to elaborate expressions of "environmental justice, identity, and place": Caroline Edwards (Swinomish), Karen Engel (Shoalwater Bay), Kimberly Miller (Skokomish), and Abbey Pierson (Cowlitz). It's a great opportunity to remind yourself of indigenous peoples' connection to their homeland and resistance to ethnic cleansing. This is part of the yəhaw̓ art project partnership with the Seattle Public Library.
Opening reception Oct 6
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Sasquatch: Ancient Native Perspectives on the Mysterious Beings of the Woods
Discover Native American mythical traditions and lore that may have spurred cryptozoological legends: the giantess Dzoonokwa or Slapu, Sasquatch, and other humanoids.
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Native Portraiture: Power and Perception
This exhibit invites you to contemplate structural oppression and appropriation of Native subjects in portraits by non-Native people, as well as Native artists' reflections and reworking of this stereotypical iconography.