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August 02, 2007

Celebrate Native American Arts!

Crafts Sale, Artist Demonstrations, Dancing, Weaving, and Storytelling /
Sat. and Sun., Aug. 18-19, 2007, 10 am to 5 pm

SeattleThe Burke Museum is hosting a full weekend of Native American carving, drum making, weaving, storytelling, and dancing as part of the exhibit now on view, In the Spirit of the Ancestors: Contemporary Northwest Coast Native Art. Meet Native artists, watch live demonstrations, and purchase arts and crafts to take home. The event is free with museum admission.

Meet Coast Salish carvers Bruce Cook and Jordon Seward, two established Northwest artists who have mastered the art of carving. Watch as Nuu-Cha-Nulth carver George David demonstrates traditional drum making.

Hear expert storytellers Johnny Moses, of the Tulalip tribe, and Roger Fernandes, of the Lower Elwha band of the Klallam tribe, tell stories that share the richness of spiritual and cultural traditions from around the region.

On Saturday, enjoy a performance by theHaida Heritage Dancers, a group using only traditional hand-made regalia, masks, skin, and box drums to perform their ancient and contemporary songs and dances.

Sunday the Northern Star Dancers perform Tlingit,Tsimshian, and Haidasongs passed down to their group leader, Margie Morris (Kiks'adi Tlingit),by her cultural teacher and mentor, Pete Barril.

In addition to demonstrations and performances, the Native American Arts Celebration provides visitors with an opportunity to browse and purchase arts and crafts from over a dozen Native American artisans. This is the first time the Burke Museum has hosted such an event, so join us and perhaps take home your own piece of Native American art.

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