Ozette Village: A Gift from the Past

Photo: Alexander Swiftwater McCarty.
Photo: Alexander Swiftwater McCarty.

Date & Time

Thursday, March 25
7 PM

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FREE admission for all; made possible by support from Friends of Native Art


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Makah artist Alexander Swiftwater McCarty will discuss how the Ozette village artifacts influence his work as a contemporary Native artist and carver. This archaeological dig site was truly a gift from the past because it provided physical evidence that support Makah oral traditions.

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Alex McCarty is a member of the Makah Nation, a skilled artist, and teacher.  He obtained his Bachelor's in Visual Arts and Social Studies, and his Master's in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College.  Alex is currently teaching Pacific Northwest regional design, printmaking, and woodcarving in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Programs at Evergreen.  His interest in art has catapulted him into the position of a modern-day preservationist: His cultural heritage influences his work and through his teachings, everything he knows about Native American art gets passed down.  

 Alex works in both contemporary and traditional mediums.  He is always torn between traditional carving and innovative printmaking.  “Printmaking is a multi-step process and I see every printing session as an exploration,” he explains. “It is always a surprise when I press the ink to the paper.” Though making prints is not a traditional form, Alex uses traditional designs as the theme of those pieces.