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Native Arts & Artists Day

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Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 | 9:59 am – 3:59 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or with UW ID

Join the Burke Museum for a celebration of Northwest Native art. Watch demonstrations and examine the incredible artwork of local Native American artists, who are experts in mediums such as weaving, basketry, and beadwork. Take part in hands-on art activities for kids and adults. Also attend talks about supporting indigenous artists and various basket and weaving techniques of Northwest Native Peoples.  

Activities throughout the day include:

  • Cedar basketry and cordage demonstrations with Theresa Parker (Makah/Lummi)
  • Columbia River Wasco basketry demonstrations  with Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco/Warm Springs)
  • Beadwork and twined sally bag demonstrations with Rodney Cawston (Colville)
  • Yarn spinning and Salish twill demonstrations with Heather Johnson-Jock (Jamestown S'Klallam)
  • Cedar basketry weaving demonstrations with Bill James (Lummi)
  • Try weaving on looms, learn about natural dyes and raw materials used in weaving
  • Kids can make a paper version of a Plateau Style beaded bag to take home


  • 12:30 pm: Introduction to Northwest Baskets with Pat Courtney Gold
    Renowned NW weaver Pat Courtney Gold leads us through a richly illustrated introduction of the 12,000 year history of NW basket weavers, the materials and techniques they use, and the unique baskets that they create.
  • 2 pm: Resources for Indigenous Artists with Anna Hoover (Unungan)
    Anna Hoover’s Anchorage-based non-profit, First Light Alaska, has drawn inspiration from The Banff Centre, Longhouse at Evergreen State College, Kinggait Studios, Maori bi-annual Artist Gatherings, and many other programs. She will discuss how these programs and her own are adapting to the ever-changing needs of the thriving indigenous arts community.
Gifts of the Forest, 2013.
By Heather Johnson-Jock. Photo by Harry von Stark.
Breast Cancer Awareness Basket, by Pat Courtney Gold.
Photo by Bill Bachhuber, Portland, OR.