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April 29, 2003

Summer at the Burke!

Seattle -- There is always something fun going on at the Burke, and this summer is no exception. Below is a schedule of summer happenings at the Museum (and also on Vancouver Island with our Northwest Coast sailing sojourn!).


Docent Tours: Saturdays, May 3 - August 30, 1 pm
Included with admission
Join a docent-led tour of the Burke's exhibits one Saturday this summer and you'll enjoy a unique educational experience! Burke docents are fonts of knowledge about the natural history and culture of the Pacific Northwest; many of them have been leading tours at the Burke for nearly three decades! Check out the sign at the Museum admission desk to find out the "Daily Specials," which include visits to the permanent exhibits, Life and Times of Washington State and Pacific Voices, as well as the special temporary exhibition, Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles.



Seminar: Whales in First Nations Culture and Art
Saturday, May 10, 9:30 am-5 pm
Burke Museum and Henry Art Gallery
Cost: General $40, Burke Member $30, Student $20
Pre-registration required by May 6, 2003

Learn about the significance of whaling to First Nations people. Speakers include: George MacDonald, Burke Museum Director; Jim Kenagy, Burke Museum Curator of Mammals; David Huelsbeck, Pacific Lutheran University; Micah McCarty, Makah Whaling Commission; Charlotte Cote, UW American Indian Studies Dept.; Richard Inglis, B.C. Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs; Nadine Fabbi, UW Canadian Studies Center. Seminar includes continental breakfast, lunch at the Henry Art Gallery, and eight clock-hours for teachers. To register or to find out more information, contact the UW Canadian Studies Center, 206-221-6374 or canada@u.washington.edu. Special thanks to the Canadian Studies Center of the Henry M Jackson School of International Studies.



"Art Dialogues" at the Henry Art Gallery:
Thursday, May 15, 7:00 pm
Brian Jungen: Whales, Art, and Biology
George MacDonald, Burke Director;
Jim Kenagy, Burke Curator of Mammals
Included with admission to the Henry Art Gallery

The Burke's George MacDonald and Jim Kenagy explore whales, art, and biology in the work of Brian Jungen and his installation, Cetology, at the Henry Art Gallery. For more information, visit http://www.henryart.org or call 206-543-2280. (Remember to take advantage of the Burke/Henry Dollar Deal, and visit two great museum's for the price of one! Ask about the Burke/Henry Dollar Deal at either museum's admission desk)



Carving Demonstrations: Israel Shotridge & The Sun Raven Pole
Wednesdays and Saturdays, April 19-July 2
12-4 pm (excluding Sat., June 7)
Included with exhibit admission

Tlingit Carver Israel Shotridge and Tlingit carving assistant Fred Fulmer will demonstrate their skill as they work on a full-scale totem pole within the exhibition Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles. The "Sun Raven Totem," which depicts three adventures of the creator-hero Raven, will be completed at the Burke and then shipped to Alaska, where it will be raised on the University of Alaska campus in Ketchikan in August. Don't miss this very rare opportunity to watch a totem pole in progress and discuss the craft of carving with contemporary Native artists! Special thanks to the Washington State Arts Commission.



Lecture: A Tlingit Michelangelo: Passion, Politics and the Greatest Artist of the Old Northwest Coast
Thursday, June 5, 6:30 pm
Barry Herem
FREE First Thursday

Seattle artist and writer Barry Herem presents the remarkable story of an historic Native artist of outsized genius whose story has gone virtually unnoticed as the greatest Native carver ever to emerge from the Northwest Coast: a Tlingit Indian by the name of Kadyisdu.axch who lived between 1760 and 1850. Part of the sensation of this artist's treasures is that they have been the subject of a century-long controversy, right up to 1994 when a decade-long court battle over their ownership was settled. As a writer, photographer, and ethno-historian, Herem has been a part of this story for 25 years. His unique photographic record provides an unprecedented look at the magnificent works of Kadyisdu.axch. Join us for this lively discussion and slide presentation!



Archaeology Summer Camp:
Session A (age 7-11): Jul 7-18, 9 am - noon
Session B (age 12-14): Jul 21-August 1, 9-noon

Cost: One-week, non-member rate is $180; member rate is $162. Two-week, non-member rate is $320; member rate is $288

Ever wonder what archaeologists do? Join Burke Archaeology staff in an excavation of a mock Northwest Coast archaeological site, a field trip to an actual site, lots of hands-on educational craft activities, and much more! One- and two-week intensive introductions to the basics of archaeological excavation, analysis, and interpretation bring the past alive for young archaeologists. To register or for more information, please call 206-543-9681.



Northern Vancouver Island Sailing Trip: Totems, Orcas, and Grizzly Bears!
September 20-26 (7 days)
Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Cost: $2,165.00, including all Canadian taxes

Due to the extraordinary popularity of the Burke's past Northwest Coast trips with Bluewater Adventures, we have added a new trip to Kwakwaka'wakw country, September 20-26, 2003. Trip leader, Steve Brown, former Curator of Native American Art at the Seattle Art Museum, is an expert in the art and culture of the Kwakwaka'wakw people. This trip will explore both old and still-inhabited village sites: Alert Bay, where participants will visit the U'Mista Cultural Center to see the excellent examples of potlatch masks and ceremonial regalia; New Vancouver, Harbledown Island, where the group will visit a new longhouse; the ancient village of Qalokwis on Turnour Island; and Village Island, where there will be a presentation by native guide Tom Sewid. Reserve your space soon as Burke trips always fill fast! For more information and to make a reservation, please contact Bluewater Adventures by phone or email: 1-888-877-1770 or explore@bluewateradventures.ca.


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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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