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November 06, 2002

Native American Heritage Month November 2002

Seattle - The Burke Museum is proud to salute Native American Heritage Month, November 1-30, 2002, with a diversity of public programs, including lectures, carving demonstrations, weekend family activities, and our popular Native American Arts Celebration. All activities are at the Burke and are included with museum admission.

Lecture and Booksigning
"Esther Ross, Stillaguamish Champion"
Dr. Robert H. Ruby
Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 pm in the Burke Room

In their in-depth biography of Esther Ross, Robert Ruby and John A. Brown have painted a complex portrait of a tenacious and passionate Stillaguamish woman, devoted to helping her tribe achieve federal recognition. Ross' efforts on behalf of Pacific Northwest Indians at federal, state, and local levels led not only to the rebirth of the Stillaguamish but also to policy reforms affecting all Indian tribes. Robert Ruby will read from and sign copies of Esther Ross: Stillaguamish Champion, the thirteenth in a line of publications that he and Brown have created together focusing on Pacific Northwest Indian ethnohistory. Co-sponsored by University Book Store.
Family Day
Native American Arts Celebration
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 am - 5 pm at the Burke

The Burke's annual Native American Arts Celebration offers a rare opportunity to experience first-hand a tantalizing array of traditional Northwest Coast Native crafts! You can visit with carvers as they work, take part in a dynamic storytelling performance, make your own mock-cedar bracelet, and do String Games with Bill Holm! Complete schedule is below and on our web site at http://www.burkemuseum.org

All Day: Children's activities-mock-cedar bracelets, drum-making, and more!
11 am-3 pm: Carving demo in the Out of the Silence exhibit, with David R. Boxley
11 am: String Games in the Burke Room, with Bill Holm
12:30 pm: Northwest Inupiaq Dancers perform in the museum lobby
1:30 pm: Unveiling ceremony for two new totem poles outside the museum
2 pm: Storytelling performance by Harvest Moon, in the Burke Room
3 pm: Singing and Drumming with George and Douglas David, in the museum lobby
Lecture and Booksigning
"Coquelle Thompson: Athabaskan Witness, a Cultural Biography"
William Seaburg and Lionel Youst
Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 pm, in the Burke Room

Coquelle Thompson, an Upper Coquille Athabaskan Indian from the Oregon coast, not only worked as a farmer, hunting/fishing guide, teamster, and tribal policeman, but also served as expert witness on Upper Coquille and reservation life and culture for anthropologists. Thompson was assigned to investigate the Warm House Dance, the Siletz Indian Reservation version of the famous Ghost Dance. He became a proselytizer for the Warm House Dance, helping to carry its message and performance from Siletz along the Oregon coast as far south as Coos Bay. In this illuminating memoir, Lionel Youst and William R. Seaburg include an examination of the works of six anthropologists who interviewed Thompson over the years. The authors will read from and sign copies of the book as part of their slide-illustrated presentation. Co-sponsored by University Book Store.
Carving Demonstrations
Various Artists, including David Boxley, David R. Boxley, and Frank Fulmer
Selected Saturdays through November, 11 am - 3 pm, in the Special Exhibits Gallery

The Burke's "Emerging Artist Series" features up-and-coming Northwest Coast carvers working on their own projects within the context of the special exhibition, Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles. This is a unique chance to chat with an array of talented young artists, to ask questions about their craft, to observe the carving styles that have been passed down in their families, and to discover the vitality of contemporary Northwest Coast sculpture. Schedule.
Children's Activities
Varying: Mock-cedar bracelets, drum-making, and others
Sundays, throughout November, 10 am - 5 pm, in the Burke Lobby

Fun for kids of all ages; bring your family to the Burke on any Sunday in November to try your hand at making your own Northwest Coast Native crafts! You can take home a mock-cedar bracelet, drum, and/or a totem pole to remember your visit to the Burke--make just one or come back and do them all! These projects will be available in the museum lobby during regular business hours.
Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles
Through Sept. 1, 2003, in the Special Exhibits Gallery

While you're at the Burke for Native American Arts Celebration, or any of the other interesting November events, be sure to check out the current temporary exhibition, Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles. This landmark exhibit features the survival and revival of totem pole carving on the Northwest Coast. Stunning photography by Adelaide de Menil, spectacular treasures from the Burke's renowned Northwest Coast collection, and the stories and work of contemporary Native artists come together in this unique retrospective of Northwest Coast monumental sculpture.


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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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