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November 04, 2003

Native American Arts Celebration

Saturday & Sunday Nov. 15 ?16; 10 am to 5 pm

Seattle -- Come celebrate Native American arts! Join the Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus for a two-day event featuring Native American weaving, carving, and storytelling from the Puget Sound region and Ecuador . Traditional Tshimshian songs and oratory from the northern Northwest Coast will also be performed. The event is free with admission and is sponsored by Safeco Insurance. Members get in free.

Activities are scheduled both daysall day. Families can try their hand at weaving activities, decorating Day of the Dead sugar skulls, making paper masks and coloring Northwest Coast designs.

Weaving is a central highlight of this year's Celebration. Observe the weaving techniques of the Andean Kichwa people of Ecuador and Coast Salish traditions from Puget Sound . Members of the Kurypachamama Artisan Association of Ecuador will demonstrate on the Burke's recently acquired Kichwa floor loom and display a variety of colorful Ecuadorian textile arts.

Coast Salish weaving techniques will be demonstrated by Susan Pavel, who will work on finely twined geometric weaving with a large demonstration loom. Pavel will also give a lecture on Coast Salish weaving techniques Sat., Nov. 15. Sample materials will be available for visitors to touch and examine. Visitors will be invited to experiment on model lap and table looms.

Witness a Quichua Day of the Dead demonstration on Sat., Nov. 15 when the Gramal family from Ecuador set up and discuss a traditional altar. In addition to discussing their traditions, family members will perform music and songs from the Day of the Dead celebration with flute, mandolin, and guitar. This program ties in with the Burke's current exhibit, Reverent Remembrance: Honoring the Dead on view through Feb. 22, 2004 .

Tsimshian artists Mique'l Askren and Michael Dangeli will perform traditional songs from Dangeli's family while wearing tribal regalia. Many of the songs date back six generations. The artists will discuss their cultural heritage, its rich oral traditions and perform some songs with masks.

Alex McCarty, a young Makah carver born and raised at Neah Bay , will present carving demonstrations on both days. His interest in Makah carving traditions was first triggered while working on the ancient Makah archaeological site at Ozette , Washington .

On Sunday, Puyallup educator and storyteller, Roger Fernandes, will present two storytelling sessions, spellbinding children and parents alike. He will also host an educational table on Coast Salish design and cultural traditions.

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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