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January 09, 2008

Chief Joseph and Other Historical Photos & Objects

From Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Yakama Tribes
On View at Burke Museum,
Opening Day:  Sat., Jan.  26 ~ 10 am - 4 pm

Seattle —Sat., Jan. 26 from 10 am to 4 pm is opening day for two new exhibits featuring historical photos and rarely-seen objects from the Northwest’sNative Plateau region, including the Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Yakama tribes.Presentations and panel discussions with Native artists and experts combine to make a full day of activity.

Peoples of the Plateau: The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915 and This Place Called Home, featuring selections from the Burke’s own Plateau arts collection, are the first exhibits to celebrate Eastern Washington Plateau culture at the Burke in over 20 years.

Through these exhibits, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the vibrant heritage and ongoing artistry of the Native cultures from the Columbia Plateau, covering regions of eastern Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. The historic photographs on view in Peoples of the Plateau come from the Knight Library Special Collections at the University of Oregon, Eugene and the National Anthropological Archives. They were taken between 1898-1915 in several areas around Eastern Washington and Oregon.

This Place Called Home includes beadwork, cradle boards, cornhusk bags, baskets, blankets, and more. Recent video interviews with tribal elders recorded by Burke staff members, provide contemporary comment on objects in the exhibit, with elders discussing the photographs and objects and in some cases, their own family heirlooms and ancestors. The fine bead work found in many of the Plateau objects is unique to this area, with pieces dating from the 1800s to recent works, considered contemporary.

"Though not as widely known as Plains arts, Columbia Plateau Native American arts, which include beautiful basketry, beadwork, and clothing, represents a highly significant artistic tradition in the U.S. and Canada and remains vitally important to tribal members," comments Dr. James Nason, Burke Curator Emeritus.

Peoples of the Plateau: The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1891–1915 was organized by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. This Place Called Home was organized by the Burke Museum. The following are gratefully acknowledged for their generous financial support of the exhibits and accompanying programs: Sponsors:4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Revenue, Nesholm Family Foundation, Quest for Truth Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Supporters: Fales Foundation Trust, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, OneFamily Foundation, John and Joyce Price, donors to the Burke Museum Annual Fund

Opening Day- Event Detail:

Sat., Jan. 26, 2008

10 am – 4 pm

Opening Day: Peoples of the Plateau and This Place Called Home

Explore Plateau arts and culture on opening day with expert talks on tribal arts and representation. At 11 am, Roberta Conner, Director of the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, will present a lecture on the historic record created by Lee Moorhouse in his photos of Plateau culture. A distinguished panel of tribal representatives will follow at 1 pm with “Tribal Perspectives: Columbia River Plateau History, Culture, and Arts." Panelists include UW Faculty member Scott Pinkham (Nez Perce), ER/WM Program Manager Russell Jim (Yakama), Cultural Specialist Geraldine Jim (Warm Springs), Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Director Roberta Conner (Umatilla), and Director of the Center for Plateau Cultural Studies at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Michael Holloman (Colville).

Coming up:

Sat., April 26, 2008

10 am – 4 pm

Plateau Native Arts Celebration

Celebrate a full day of Native art demonstrations and storytelling from the Columbia Plateau region! Artists will demonstrate traditional crafts such as beadwork, cornhusk weaving, and saddle making. Storytellers from the Yakama Nation will share legends of their culture. Event is free with museum admission.

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