yəhaw̓ is an Indigenous-led, yearlong project that includes satellite installations, performances, workshops and trainings, artists-in-residence, art markets, a publication, and partner events at more than twenty-five sites across Coast Salish territories and beyond. Our programs are accompanied by relationship-building and mentorship opportunities to support continued artistic development in our communities, with the intent that all participants will gain experience and exposure, and build sustaining connections. The exhibition at ARTS at King Street Station, running from March 23-August 4, 2019, is the centerpiece of yəhaw̓.
The title of the show is drawn from the Coast Salish story of people from many tribes uniting around a common cause and lifting the sky together. In the spirit of that story, we used a decolonized curatorial process, inviting all Indigenous individuals living in the region to participate. As a result, the gallery features work from over 200 exhibitors. Participants come from urban and reservation communities, use many types of media, and range from master artisans and Elders to youth and emerging creatives who are exhibiting their work publicly for the first time.
We hope that yəhaw̓ reflects a nuanced, inclusive narrative that firmly establishes the vital contributions generated by Native thinkers and makers here, and now. By organizing an opportunity for community to speak for itself through a wide range of individual - and sometimes opposing - perspectives, yəhaw̓ un-settles assumptions and centers Indigenous action, Indigenous innovation, and Indigenous agency to author our own stories.
We raise our hands to all the Indigenous artists, the Office of Arts & Culture, and the partners who have helped to realize this project. Thank you for your trust, your generosity, and your willingness to learn with us.
Together we lift the sky.
- yəhaw̓ Curatorial Team - Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation), and Satpreet Kahlon
How to say yәhaw̓…
Listen and learn how to pronounce the Lushootseed word yәhaw̓ that means to proceed, go forward, do the work.
Exhibition at King Street Station
March 23 - August 4, 2019
King Street Station, 303 S. Jackson St., Top Floor, Seattle, WA 98104
Adam Sings In The Timber
Adria Xvala Garcia
Ariane Xay Kuyaas
Carrie Chapman Schuster, Lady Palouse Creations
Catherine Cross Uehara
Christine M Babic
Cody Morgan Gray
Daybreak Star Preschool Students
Denise L. Emerson
Elise Snow Andrews
Fred Night Walker
G. Raquel Emeka
Gloria Jean Milne
HollyAnna "CougarTracks" DeCoteau Littlebull
Huītzilcuāuhtli : Leslie Jimenez
Itsa Shash and Mariana Harvey
Ixtli Salinas White Hawk
Jess Guecha Rojas Bunoan
Jess Lujan, Apache Arts
Jimmy Nooksuklth Zahir
Joan Minodéquay Staples
Joseph Seymour Jr
Katrina Quin-Telx Moomaw
Lalo Mihoiniwa Valdez
Linley B. Logan
Lisa Villanpando Anderson
Lynette La Fontaine
Malynn Wilbur Foster, Mike Foster, and Randy Foster
Michaila Konig Taylor
Miles Vahn Justice Hart
Nancy S Raymond
Nataanii Nez Cottier
Pah-tu E Pitt
Paul Chiyokten Wagner
Philip H. Red Eagle
Raven Two Feathers
Roldy Aguero Ablao
Roquin-Jon Quichocho Siongco
Sara Marie Ortiz
Shaun Peterson - Qwalsius
Stephanie Leon Riedl
Super Futures Haunt Qollective
Susan A. Point
Taylor Wily Krise
Thomas A. Cannell
Timothy White Eagle
Toni Ann Tanner Brend
Tyera Alice Pete
Vi Levitt / KERUB
Xulie Flor Olivos
Yvette L Diltz
By the Numbers
About Our Exhibition
200+ Indigenous creators are featured in the yəhaw̓ exhibition at King Street Station (with many more represented in our programming and publication)
Of the 200 exhibitors, about 130 identify as women, and more than 30 identify as Two Spirit or Queer
100+ tribal affiliations and Indigenous communities are represented from across the globe
149 of our exhibiting artists are based in Washington, with another 24 from Oregon, 19 from British Columbia, 8 from Alaska, and 1 from Montana
280+ objects are in the gallery
Over 2,700 people attended our exhibition opening celebration on March 23, 2019
By our initial open call deadline on April 20, 2018, we received 133 submissions. 64 of those 133 also applied for our mentorship program - meaning nearly half expressed an interest in pursuing training opportunities to further develop their creative practice. 104 of the original applicants are in our final exhibition of just over 200 creatives, with the other half coming from continued outreach over the course of a year of community-based programming.
About Our Money
Please note, our budget is still in flux as expenses arise and new funds are secured, but in the spirit of transparency we are sharing our current planned expenses from 2016 - March 2019. These numbers reflect the monies we route through our fiscal sponsor Na’ah Illahee Fund, and do not account for costs that are paid out directly through our partners as part of joint programs, which together make up more than $20,000 in additional dollars going to Native artists and community events.
Offsite Programs and Event Costs (including artist fees, supplies, food, and community curator fees) - $32,036
Curatorial Team Fees - $27,000
King Street Station Special Commissions - $20,500
King Street Station Exhibiting Artist Honorariums at $100 each - $20,000
Art Transportation/Installation Costs and Contract Labor - $22,679
Na'ah Illahee Fund Fiscal Agent Fee at 8% - $11,841
Mentorship Program Costs and Artist Fees - $9,626
Documentation/Communications - $7,038
Publication Artist Fees and Online Design- $5,000
Graphic Design and Branding - $4,412
Code of Conduct Policy
yəhaw̓ is committed to creating programs free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. yəhaw̓ is intended to be a safe space for all, including Indigenous womxn, Two Spirit people, youth, and those most marginalized in our communities. We reserve the right to deny access to, or remove from our events and venues, those who have violated the sacred, especially those who remain unrepentant with no movement towards healing and reconciliation.
If you have in the past or are currently making others feel uncomfortable, or unsafe, we encourage you to begin a conversation with the curatorial team (Tracy Rector, Asia Tail, and Satpreet Kahlon), and for the sake of larger community values and empowerment of the Indigenous artists in our show, we request you remove yourself from yəhaw̓ programming.
Similarly if you have had negative experiences with anyone affiliated with yəhaw̓ please contact us. If in alignment with the wishes of the survivor, when reports are made regarding individuals we work with we will request their recusal and remove them from our programs while we address the circumstances. We are committed to doing everything in our power to minimize harm, and to support safety and healing in Indigenous community whenever possible. Email email@example.com, call or text 253-336-6477, or use the contact form on yehawshow.com.
The names of any individuals reporting to the yəhaw̓ curatorial team will be kept confidential and protected. Reports may be submitted via the contact information above or anonymously via the box below. Please include first person experiences with dates and details when possible:
We would like to acknowledge that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people.