Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

We Rise: Indigenous Womxn’s Stories

  • Place of Hidden Waters / Northeast Gym (map)
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Free and open to the public, all are welcome.

A diverse group of Indigenous womxn tell stories from their lives during this special event. Our multi-generational gathering includes local writers, activists, artists, and students, sharing a wide range of Coast Salish and Urban Native perspectives. King’s Books will also be on site with publications by Native womxn writers available for purchase.

This event is curated by Kimberly Corinne Deriana (Mandan/Hidatsa) and Asia Tail (Cherokee) of yəhaw̓, an Indigenous artist collective.

This event is in conjunction with Tacoma Reads 2019, a partnership of City of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and Tacoma Public Library. Tacoma Reads is a local community reading program that seeks to unite the community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading a common text. The 2019 Tacoma Reads selection is the bestselling debut novel “There There” by Tommy Orange. Described as “groundbreaking, extraordinary” by The New York Times, “There There” is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story of 12 urban Native Americans traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, interconnected in ways they may not yet realize.

Storytellers:

  • Connie McCloud (Puyallup)

  • Brandi Douglas (Puyallup)

  • Dawn Pichón Barron (Choctaw / Mexican / Euro)

  • Monae Wright (Puyallup)

  • Nataanii Nez Cottier (Oglala and Sicangu Lakota)

  • Sasha LaPointe (Upper Skagit / Nooksack)

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Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Family Day: Celebrate Indigenous Artists!

Free and open to the public, all are welcome.

Families and children of all ages, please join us for a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on learning led by Native American artists! Stop by or stay for the day as we celebrate Indigenous cultures and creativity - hear Lushootseed songs and stories, explore books by Native authors, and create your own treasures to take home.

This event is curated by Kimberly Corinne Deriana (Mandan/Hidatsa) and Asia Tail (Cherokee) of yəhaw̓, an Indigenous artist collective.

This event is in conjunction with Tacoma Reads 2019, a partnership of City of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and Tacoma Public Library. Tacoma Reads is a local community reading program that seeks to unite the community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading a common text. The 2019 Tacoma Reads selection is the bestselling debut novel “There There” by Tommy Orange. Described as “groundbreaking, extraordinary” by The New York Times, “There There” is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story of 12 urban Native Americans traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, interconnected in ways they may not yet realize.

Activities:

  • Lushootseed with Kayla Guyette (Jicarilla Apache) and Paige Pettibon (Salish)

  • Story Stones with Raven Juarez (Blackfeet)

  • Selfie Station by Alex Britt (Nansemond)

  • Books by Native authors from Tacoma Public Library’s collection

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Nov
16
1:00 PM13:00

sʔabalikʷ Indigenous Youth Teachings - Native History with Nataanii Nez Cottier

Free and open to Indigenous community members.

sʔabalikʷ Indigenous Youth Teachings is a workshop series designed by youth for youth. Native young people between the ages of 13-24 are invited to participate in free learning circles led by guest artists on topics like: history, Two Spirit identity, beading, music making, mental health, trauma healing, activism, printmaking, and more! The title of the series - sʔabalikʷ - means "give away" in Lushootseed. Inspired by the Potlatch tradition of Coastal Salish tribes, the objectives of the group are to gather, give and receive knowledge.

Workshop 1: Native American History and Two-Spirit Teachings
Teacher: Nataanii Nez Cottier (Oglala and Sicangu Lakota)

Nataanii will lead a discussion about Native American history and Two Spirit identity. Participants will engage in an art activity using collage and found objects to reflect on the knowledge shared. This event is intended for Indigenous youth ages 13-24. All tribal affiliations and experience levels warmly welcomed. Snacks and supplies provided.

About Nataanii:
I am a Two Spirit multimedia artist. I take inspiration from my cultural identity as a mixed Lakota and Swedish two-spirit person, and my experiences in my life – growing up in a small town as a third culture kid, my trauma, and my search for community and acceptance of my being. I grew up surrounded by art and come from a family full of creatively minded women. Making art is one of the ways I have learned to heal my own personal trauma as well as the intergenerational trauma that I carry.

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Aug
1
to Aug 4

yәhaw̓ Closing Celebrations at King Street Station!

  • Seattle Office of Arts & Culture - King Street Station (map)
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All events are free, family friendly, and open to the public. ARTS at King Street Station is ADA Accessible and has all-gender restrooms. We have a low/no scent policy; please arrive fragrance free.


Thursday, August 1

1:30pm-2:30pm
Gallery Tour
King Street Station, Top Floor, Meet at the Reception Desk

Get a free tour of the yәhaw̓ exhibition and King Street Station facilities led by an Indigenous artist alongside an Office of Arts & Culture staff member.


5pm-7pm
Performances on the Plaza
King Street Station, Plaza, Corner of 4th Avenue S.

Catch live performances by Indigenous artists - including bands Black Belt Eagle Scout (Swinomish) and Ghost Horse (Pawnee Nation / adopted Upper Ahtna Athabaskans), alongside the world's premiere Quileute Drag Queen Hailey Tayathy - outside on King Street Station’s plaza 5-7pm. The gallery upstairs will be open late till 8pm in conjunction with First Thursday Pioneer Square Art Walk.


Friday, August 2

10:30am-12:30pm
Curatorial Panel
King Street Station, Top Floor, Conference Room

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Asia Tail (Cherokee) and Satpreet Kahlon of the curatorial team, with additional presentations by yәhaw̓ community curators including Jess Ramirez (Indigenous Latinx), Kimberly Deriana (Mandan / Hidatsa), Moe’Neyah Holland, Michael Anderson, and Aiyanna Stitt (Choctaw), followed by Q and A.


1:30pm-2:30pm
Gallery Tour
King Street Station, Top Floor, Meet at the Reception Desk

Get a free tour of the yәhaw̓ exhibition and King Street Station facilities led by an Indigenous artist alongside an Office of Arts & Culture staff member.


Saturday, August 3

10:30am – 1:30pm
Mentorship Program Artist Presentations
King Street Station, Top Floor, Conference Room

Drop in or stay for the day with 3 back-to-back talks by 7 emerging Indigenous artists. Members of the yәhaw̓ Mentorship Training Program will share about their artistic practices and discuss experiences in their respective program cohorts in Seattle, Tacoma, or Portland, followed by Q and A. Presentations will be given by Crystal Christopherson (Tlingit), Randi Purser (Suquamish), Jennifer Angaiak Wood (Yup'ik), Catherine Cross Uehara (Uchinanchu / Hapa / Okinawan American), Paige Pettibon (Salish), Asa Wright (Klamath / Chickasaw), and Kanani Miyamoto (Hawaiian).


1:30pm-2:30pm
Gallery Tour
King Street Station, Top Floor, Meet at the Reception Desk

Get a free tour of the yәhaw̓ exhibition and King Street Station facilities led by an Indigenous artist alongside an Office of Arts & Culture staff member.


Sunday, August 4

1:00pm-4:00pm
Exhibition Closing Reception
King Street Station, Top Floor, Gallery

Come celebrate with us one last time as we conclude a year of Indigenous-centered programming across Coast Salish territories. We’ll open with a blessing, followed by storytelling, and remarks from the curatorial team. While you are here, get your picture taken in a photo booth created by Alex Britt (Nansemond), share your yәhaw̓ stories with filmmaker Raven Two Feathers (Cherokee / Seneca / Cayuga / Comanche) for his upcoming documentary, and don’t miss your last chance to see the exhibition featuring 200+ Indigenous creatives!


1:30pm-2:30pm
Gallery Tour
King Street Station, Top Floor, Meet at the Reception Desk

Get a free tour of the yәhaw̓ exhibition and King Street Station facilities led by an Indigenous artist alongside an Office of Arts & Culture staff member.

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Jun
21
12:00 PM12:00

Brings the Medicine Sundial at King Street Station

Free and Open to the Public

Join yəhaw̓ and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture on the summer solstice, Friday June 21, to celebrate a new outdoor installation at King Street Station created by artist and architectural designer Kimberly Corinne Deriana (Mandan/Hidatsa) in collaboration with Coast Salish carvers. Remarks and blessings will be shared 12:00-1:30pm, with additional activities until 3pm.

Brings the Medicine Sundial is a public temporary sculpture intended to bring healing, recognition, and awareness of the First People of this land by activating the King Street Station Plaza, and creating an outdoor gathering area that honors the Earth. Lodge poles are a shared cultural reference and beloved material drawn from both the artist’s Plains tribes, and local Coast Salish tribes. The concept relates to the inaugural exhibition at ARTS at King Street Station, yəhaw̓, and its theme of “lifting the sky,” based on the narrative of Indigenous people from many tribes coming together and using poles to hoist the sky above the Earth. yəhaw̓ is the word shared across languages that all the tribes used to communicate and form unity in this process. Tall fir tree poles will be installed in a semicircle. The free standing tripod structures will form a sundial/dais and gathering circle in the plaza.

Kimberly Corinne Deriana is a Mandan and Hidatsa architectural designer and artist who specializes in sustainable, environmental, Indigenous architecture, housing, and planning. Her design methodologies focus on incorporating Indigenous lifestyle practices in relationship to past and present: design for seven generations. She strives to achieve exceptional design by weaving together respect for individuality, honor for cultural identity, and appreciation for contemporary quality, manifested in the shape and structure of sustainable buildings and communities.

Project Team:

Kimberly Corinne Deriana, Artist/Designer

Rob Purser (Suquamish), Delbert Miller (Skokomish), Tina Kuckkahn-Miller (Ojibwe), Sayalts Miller (Skokomish), Coast Salish carvers

Tracy Rector, Asia Tail, Satpreet Kahlon, Curators

Absalom Shantz, Fabricator

Christopher C. Shaw, Professional Engineer

S Surface, King Street Station Program Lead, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture




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Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

Free and open to Indigenous community members.

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies and snacks will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater.

June 20, 6-10pm
Guest Artist: Olivia Hart (Choctaw / Cheyenne)
Activity: ribbon skirts

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Jun
12
4:00 PM16:00

ʤə́ kʼʷ Zine Indigenous Artist Showcase at Bellevue College

  • 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, Washington 98007 (map)
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Free and Open to the Public

Closing Reception, June 12, 4:00-9:00 PM

The works at Bellevue College Gallery Space primarily represent indigenous artists featured in ʤə́ kʼʷ: An Indigenous Art Zine published in-conjunction with yәhaw̓ and Bellevue College’s Office of Equity and Pluralism, Academic and Student Affairs, and the RISE Learning Institute. This publication was edited by Sara Marie Ortiz, assistant editors were Natalie Martínez and Asia Tail. Design and layout were created by Satpreet Kahlon and the zine was printed by Paper Press Punch.

Artists from ʤə́ kʼʷ in the exhibition at Bellevue College Gallery Space include:
fabian romero
Demian DinéYazhí
Casandra Lopez
Arianne True
Carmen Selam
Raven Two Feathers
Adam Sings in the Timber
DB Amorin

Artists whose works are also on exhibition at Bellevue College Gallery Space in-conjunction with yəhaw̓ include:
Misko Ma’iingan (Charles Fiddler)
Cindy Chischilly

The exhibition also features a display of all pages from ʤə́ kʼʷ: An Indigenous Art Zine with complimentary printed copies available for visitors.


Closing Reception Performances

Music by Them Savages
Originally from Flagstaff Arizona, the band will be at Bellevue College to celebrate the closing of the yehaw’ exhibition at gallery space.

Jimmy Donnellan on Culturedvultures.com describes the band in this way:
“The best thing about Them Savages is how though they might be small in number, they produce the kind of sound that could fill a stadium. Whether it’s the ferocious and full vocals or the deep, oddly hollow yet replete instrumentation, they have a distinctive sound and one that should grab your attention and refuse to let go until you start bobbing your head. If you need proof of just how infectious Church Songs is, check out ‘Pretty Little Thief‘ towards the album’s rousing finale.”

You can check out the bands music on their bandcamp website here:
https://themsavages.bandcamp.com

Readings
Readings by the following individuals will take place throughout the night:
Skyler Reed
Laura Da’
Erin Tail
Sara Marie Ortiz
Natalie Martínez

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Jun
8
to Jul 6

Star Stories: Indigenous Latinx Art Exhibit at Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery

  • Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery (map)
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Exhibition Duration, June 8-July 6, 2019, Hours: Wed-Sun 12-6 PM
Opening Reception, Saturday, June 8, 6-9 PM

Free and Open to the Public.

Summer time is an opportunity to gather, travel, laugh, love and share stories. This is also a time of the year where the stars shine brightest at night. For many indigenous peoples, especially from the southern regions, the stars can provide a guide or a map to our past, present, or future. Star Stories is an art exhibition rooted in the memories of our ancestors and the hopes of future generations. The artwork is a response to the inter-connectedness we can all experience through opening to a greater power. As individuals we may be seeds but as a community we are a garden of dreams.

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May
25
4:00 PM16:00

Artist Talk with Adam Sings In The Timber

Free and Open to the Public.

Join us Saturday, May 25, 4-5:30pm for a talk by yəhaw̓ artist Adam Sings In The Timber followed by Q and A.

Adam Sings In The Timber is an enrolled member of the Crow Nation in Montana. Adam was born in Montana and grew up in the Midwest of the USA. He studied photojournalism at the University of Montana, Missoula. Currently based in Chicago, Illinois, his work captures the beauty and complexities of Native American culture without shying away from the realities of poverty, addiction and abuse. His photo making process ethically portrays Indigenous communities through art and documentation. Sings In The Timber’s work, combining documentary photography and portraiture, will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Field Museum in Chicago. Previous exhibitions include First Voice Art Gallery at the American Indian Center, Chicago; Paramount Theatre Gallery, Seattle; Montgomery Ward Gallery, University of Illinois-Chicago; Harold Washington Library, Chicago; Gallery OTR, Chicago; and King Street Station, Seattle, Washington. His photojournalism has been published in The Guardian, Indian Country Today, Indian Peoples Magazine, USA Today, ESPN, and the New York Times, among others. He has lectured widely on the importance of Indigenous people documenting their own culture at institutions including Bowling Green State University, Northwestern University, Brown University, and the University of Colorado Boulder.

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May
24
3:00 PM15:00

A Celebration of Indigenous Film and Artists

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center (map)
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Free and Open to the Public.

Featuring a collection of Indigenous films, the 4th World Indigenous Media Lab, a complimentary screening of Words from a Bear film at the Seattle Central Library, kickoff event at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center (featuring an art market in partnership with yəhaw̓ Show - Indigenous Creatives), and more. This focus has evolved from SIFF’s long partnership with filmmaker/activist/SIFF programmer Tracy Rector (Longhouse Media) and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Thank you to The Academy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ITVS, Na'ah Illahee Fund, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Seattle Foundation, The Seattle Public Library, Snoqualmie Tribe, and the Suquamish Museum for their support of the 4th World Indigenous Media Lab, and to Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund (Tulalip News) for their sponsorship of SIFF’s Indigenous film program.

•View short films made by Indigenous artists as a preview kickoff to SIFF’s Indigenous Showcase Weekend.
•Experience an Indigenous art market as part of the city-wide Indigenous-led celebration yəhaw̓.
•Meet visiting filmmakers and guest panelists such as Paulette Jordan (Coeur d’Alene).
•Taste light refreshments & traditional foods from Indigenous chefs. Cash bar.
•Celebrate the breadth and diversity of Indigenous creatives making art and film.

Art Market begins at 3 p.m. Films and panel discussion begins at 6:00pm.

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May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Indigenous Beading Circle at Amplifier Art Lab

FREE & OPEN TO ALL INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY MEMBERS

yəhaw̓ (a regional celebration of Indigenous creatives) and Amplifier are partnering to host a beading circle on Thursday May 23rd from 6-9pm. Bring your beadwork to work on, or just yourself for a night of beading and hanging out. Any skill level is welcome, this is the perfect time to learn from your peers or just dedicate time to working. Amplifier will be handing out free artwork, and beading supplies and snacks will be provided.

Amplifier Art Lab is located at 901 Hiawatha Pl S, Seattle, WA 98031 in the retail space directly through the front door.

This is a partner program of yәhaw̓. yәhaw̓ is a year-long Indigenous community-based project culminating in the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture’s ARTS at King Street Station from March 23 - August 3, 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, residencies, vendor opportunities and partner programs. yәhaw̓ will feature the work of 200+ Indigenous creatives at over 20 sites across Seattle and beyond. Curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, yәhaw̓ celebrates the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at yehawshow.com.

Amplifier is a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times. We design and distribute art that engages people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and sustainable future. Since 2015, we've worked with more than 300 renowned artists, distributed over a million pieces of art and sent free artwork to hundreds of thousands of students across the United States. amplifier.org @amplifierart.

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May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

Free and open to Indigenous community members.

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies and snacks will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater.

May 16, 6-10pm
Guest Artist: Crystal Christopherson (Tlingit)
Activity: how to draw formline

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May
11
10:30 AM10:30

yəhaw̓ at the Tacoma-South Sound Mini Maker Faire

  • University of Washington Tacoma Campus (map)
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yəhaw̓ will have a table featuring works for sale by local Indigenous artists at the Tacoma-South Sound Mini Maker Faire!

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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May
9
to Jun 20

Catherine Cross Uehara at 950 Gallery

Free and Open to the Public.

Opening Reception, May 16, 5pm-9 PM
Artist Talk, June 15, 12:00-1:00 PM
Closing Reception, June 20, 5:00-9:00 PM

Dinosauryland

statement:
In one hand, none of the work here is new, and on the other it is all new work. Initially my impulse was to try and show something about how I see photographically, but I do that on Instagram and why not try something new with some old friends? From one vantage point my work is painting or painting adjacent, also abstract and narrative... also sculptural. Also ‘in reaction to’ best art handling practices (see @preptantrumshow for one of my ‘passion projects’).

Please enjoy some new arrangements of old objects I’ve been playing around with. Also, some of these paintings have never been shown and I think some of them are pretty awesome. Follow me on Instagram for more context @ccuehara and @preptantrumshow. It’s a fun fraught journey and it’s just starting to get interesting.

bio:
Catherine was born June 8, 1971 in Berkeley California at 11:11am. She attended Malcolm X Elementary School, Berkeley High, UCDavis, and received her MFA in painting from Hunter College in 2000, she has at least twenty years of experience Art Handling, Packing, and Logistics, and she has personally painted the walls of at least 5 Puget Sound area museums.

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May
2
5:00 PM17:00

Lifting the Sky: An Indigenous Fashion Show

Free, open to the public, and family friendly.

In partnership with the Seattle Art Museum, yəhaw̓ presents Lifting the Sky: An Indigenous Fashion Show. Curator Lisa Fruichantie (Seminole/Mvskoke-Creek) brings together Native designers, artists, and performers from across the Pacific Northwest for a night of Indigenous fashion. Watch contemporary styles walk the runway to the beat of a powwow drum, learn about intertribal regalia created by local community members, and shop at an all-Native market. The show starts at 6 pm and the Native Fashion Market takes place throughout the evening. Visitors can continue exploring urban Indigenous perspectives upstairs in the SAM galleries with half-off admission to Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer.

Designers
Meka Clothing/Mary Kelsay
Trickster Company/Crystal Worl
Evan Ducharme
Abriel Johnny ­Rodriguez

Vendors
Paige Pettibon
Ashley Alvarez
Michaila Taylor
Denise Emerson
Ayanna Fuentes & Ixtli Salinas White Hawk

Host/Emcee
Roquin Siongco
Roldy Aguero Ablao

DJ
Drew Hobson

Hair/Makeup
Matthew Lawrence
Katie Kihara
Amanda Upham

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Apr
20
to Jul 6

Randi Purser and Erik Sanchez at the Suquamish Museum

Opening Reception, April 20, 3-5 pm

Regular museum admission rates apply - suquamishmuseum.org/hours.htm

Meet featured yəhaw̓ exhibit artists Erik Sanchez (Shoalwater Bay/ Chinook/Mexican-American) and Randi Purser (Suquamish). Sanchez creates narrative photography, documenting contemporary society and the landscape around him. Purser is a Suquamish tribal elder and Coast Salish traditional carver, known for her work on beautiful house posts, canoes, masks and other carvings.

sanchez-creative.com

stoningtongallery.com/artist/randi-purser/#archive

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Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

Free and open to Indigenous community members.

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies and snacks will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater.

April 18, 6-10pm
Guest Artist: Rebecca Cesspooch (Northern Ute, Assiniboine and Nakota)
Activity: collage and self love

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Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

The Source: Art - Indigenous Reflections on Water

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at the event’s website.

In partnership with yəhaw̓, Friends of Waterfront Seattle presents The Source: Art - Indigenous Reflections on Water.

Water is life, and since time immemorial the waterfront has been a central gathering place as well as a source of inspiration for Indigenous creatives living across the Salish Sea region. Join us at Waterfront Space at 1400 Western Avenue on Saturday, April 13, for an event filled with Indigenous art and conversation as we explore themes of water, ecology, and resilience. Shop at an all day Native art market while enjoying food from an Indigenous caterer, try your hand at weaving in the afternoon, and stay for a special performance art piece in the evening.

Throughout the spring, Friends of Waterfront Seattle hosts The Source series, a sequence of free community events celebrating our waterfront as a source of heritage, creative inspiration, and appreciation for the natural world. This series also celebrates Waterfront Space, the project showroom for Waterfront Seattle, a source for project information and community engagement.

All Source events will include food, refreshments, and a brief program presenting new perspectives on our waterfront’s history, art, and ecology.

Vendors

  • Joe Seymour

  • Alex Britt

  • Native Works by Chief Seattle Club

  • Si Seciwa

  • Cody Gray

  • Salmon Homecoming

Activities

  • Weaving with Stephanie Leon Riedl

  • Performance Art by Aaron Parker

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Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Indigenous Gathering Practices

  • Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center (map)
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Intended for tribal members and Indigenous folks. Please register by purchasing a free ticket at the event’s website.

Local tribal members are invited to join Sara Siestreem in a field-based workshop that explores gathering natural materials for art, medicine, and food as a basic sovereign right of Indigenous people. Siestreem will lead participants in thinking through continuing traditions that are crucial for community connectivity, spiritual mental health, and the development of productive land management and engagement strategies. The program will be hosted at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center and a nearby site in Discovery Park.

Acknowledging the presence of Cottonwood tree buds as a sign of spring, Siestreem will guide the group in connecting to the location; share the medicinal and spiritual benefits of the tree’s buds, and the processes for cultivating its use. Workshop participants will be invited to partake in a community meal, where discussions around plant to human knowledge transference can continue, along with utopic visioning, and modes of survivance as it relates to these multi-faceted practices.

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos and American, born 1976) is from the Umpqua River Valley in southwestern Oregon. She is a Master Artist, Educator, and Theorist. Siestreem graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a BS from PSU in 2005. She earned an MFA with distinction from Pratt Art Institute in 2007. She is represented by Augen Gallery in Portland and her work has been shown in museums and figures in prestigious private and public collections nationally. She teaches studio arts at PSU and traditional Indigenous weaving practices for The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

This program is organized by the Henry Art Gallery and hosted by Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.

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Apr
6
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk: Sara Siestreem

Please purchase tickets at the event’s website, using discount code “yehaw” for free admission.

Visiting artist Sara Siestreem offers a talk on her multi-disciplinary practice, which addresses ancestral memory and continuing traditions, Indigenous survivance and sovereign rights, and the inclusion of natural processes and environmental relationships. This talk will open up a space to discuss the ways non-Indigenous communities can work in collaboration with Tribes to respectfully and effectively approach land management, gathering and working with natural materials for art or medicinal purposes, and decolonizing institutions.

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos and American, born 1976) is from the Umpqua River Valley in southwestern Oregon. She is a Master Artist, Educator, and Theorist. Siestreem graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a BS from PSU in 2005. She earned an MFA with distinction from Pratt Art Institute in 2007. She is represented by Augen Gallery in Portland and her work has been shown in museums and figures in prestigious private and public collections nationally. She teaches studio arts at PSU and traditional Indigenous weaving practices for The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

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Apr
6
to Apr 27

A Gift, A Breath - Lehuauakea Fernandez at the Alice Gallery

Free and open to the public.

Reception, April 13, 6-9 pm

“He wahī paʻakai — Just a package of salt”

The works in A Gift, A Breath address the idea of reciprocity, or a conscious relationship built upon a mutual give and take.

Using traditional ʻohe kāpala craft, simple found object sculpture, and paintings on paper, Lehuauakea explores various acts of reciprocity from a mixed-Native Hawaiian perspective. Examining the ties between oneself and their community, a culture and its surrounding environment, or even the present and the past, these mixed media works seek to highlight the role of customary offering practices, or hoʻokupu, within a contemporary context.

What are the conditions, verbal or nonverbal, temporal or atemporal, that must be met in order for these gifts to be rightfully given, acknowledged, and received?

What, then, ultimately carries greater weight — the object of the gift, or the act of giving in itself?

Artist Bio
Lehuauakea Fernandez is a mixed Native Hawaiian interdisciplinary artist from Hilo, Hawaiʻi. They have participated in several solo and group shows throughout the Pacific Northwest, most recently Yəhaw̓ at King Street Station in Seattle, and the 23rd Annual Recent Graduates Exhibition at Blackfish Gallery in Portland. Through a range of craft-based media, sculpture, and installation, their art serves as a means of exploring cultural and biological ecologies, mixed-Indigenous identity, and what it means to live within the context of contemporary environmental degradation.

Lehua currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon after recently earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting, with a minor in Art + Ecology at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

lehuauakea.com

Gallery Hours: 12-7PM on Saturdays
The gallery is open late for Georgetown Art Attacks on the 2nd Saturday of every month. To make a non-Saturday viewing appointment email thealicegallery@gmail.com




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Mar
23
to Aug 4

yəhaw̓ Exhibition at King Street Station

Free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm
First Thursdays, 10am - 8pm

Opening Reception, March 23

Please join us on March 23rd to celebrate all of the artists in the show and the culmination of our year-long project series!

10 a.m. Indigenous Community Breakfast - Artists in the exhibition along with their guests, and Indigenous community members, are invited to join us for a special welcoming breakfast and get a first look at the show.

12 p.m.-7 p.m. Public Opening

Welcome on the Plaza
12:00 p.m. Remarks with Randy Engstrom, Ken Workman, and Mayor Jenny A. Durkan
Performance by Lummi Black Hawk Singers & Dancers
Procession into ARTS at King Street Station

ARTS at King Street Station, top floor
1:30 p.m. Curator Remarks, and storytelling from Jill & Sasha LaPointe
4 p.m. Curator Remarks, and storytelling from Jill & Sasha LaPointe
4:30 p.m. Performance from artist Tsēmā Igharas
5:30 p.m. Performance from Christine Babic

Installations and art activities throughout the day from Raven Juarez and Priscilla Dobler.

yәhaw̓ is a year-long Indigenous community-based project culminating in the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture’s ARTS at King Street Station from March 23 - August 3, 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, residencies, vendor opportunities and partner programs. yәhaw̓ will feature the work of 200+ Indigenous creatives at over 20 sites across Seattle and beyond. Curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, yәhaw̓ celebrates the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at yehawshow.com.

ARTS at King Street Station, which incorporates a new 7,500-square-foot gallery, plus meeting and presentation areas available to the general public, a studio for an artists-in-residence and offices for staff of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, was conceived to create opportunities for people of color and; to reflect and foster the creativity and talents of people that continue to create the fabric of Seattle.

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Mar
14
to Jun 8

Indigenous Latinx Exhibit at Vermillion Gallery

Free and open to the public.

This exhibition and event series will feature three months of Indigenous identified Latinx creatives showcasing arts, culture, identity, and community at Vermillion Gallery.

EXHIBITS:

  • 3/14 through 4/6 - Regeneración | Rebirth

    • Opening Night, March 14th 6-9pm

  • 4/11 through 5/4 - Femme/Female Artist Exhibit

    • Opening Night, April 11th, 6-9pm

  • 5/5 through 6/8 - Unidos Levantamos el Cielo

    • Opening Night, May 9th, 6-9pm

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

March 14th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Capitol Hill Art Walk @ Vermillion; All Ages; No Cost

Meet the artists featured in Regeneración | Rebirth. This showcase is an ode to spring and the opportunity  for regeneration, rebirth, and renewal.

March 15th, 10 p.m.: Bloom - Indigenous People's Dance Party @ Vermillion; 21+ up; Donation based

Celebration of Black, Indigenous, and people of color bodies with DJ J-Na$ty spinning cumbia, Latin pop, and reggaeton. Collaboration with La Roxay Productions. Tickets, sold at the door: sliding scale: $10 - $15 . No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Ticket sales from the Bloom will support the community's Bidi Bidi Bom Bash and benefit Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, Para los Ninos, Southwest Youth and Family Services

April 10th, 7 p.m.: Poetry in Translation @ Northwest Film Forum; All Ages; Cost TBD

An ongoing series of quarterly bilingual poetry readings co-curated with Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, featuring writers sharing poetry in their native languages with English translations. The first episode will be an Indigenous Showcase featuring fabian romero, Tracy Rector, Duane Niatum, and Sasha LaPointe. Indigenous Latinx artists will be selling crafts.

April 11th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m: Capitol Hill Art Walk @ Vermillion; All Ages; No Cost

Meet the artists featured in Soy Yo. Make political art with artist Priscilla Dobler at a tortilla press station. This group show features femme/female identified Indigenous Latinx artists.

April 25th, 7 p.m.: Indigenous Film Showcase @ Northwest FIlm Forum; All Ages; Free

Join us for a screening of Mosquita y Mari, set in a predominately Mexican, immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mosquita y Mari tells the story of two 15-year-old Chicanas growing up in H.P. — Huntington Park.

May 9th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Capitol Hill Art Walk @ Vermillion; All Ages; No Cost

Meet the artists featured in Unidos Levantamos el Cielo. This group show features artists whose work closely resonates with the Coast Salish story of lifting the sky together.

May 17th, 10 p.m.: Bloom - Indigenous People's Dance Party @ Vermillion; 21+ up; Donation based

Celebration of Black, Indigenous, and people of color bodies with DJ J-Na$ty spinning cumbia, Latin pop, and reggaeton. Collaboration with La Roxay Productions. Tickets, sold at the door: sliding scale: $10 - $15 . No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Ticket sales from the Bloom will support the community's Bidi Bidi Bom Bash and benefit Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, Para los Ninos, Southwest Youth and Family Services.

May 30th, 7 p.m.: Indigenous Film Showcase @ Northwest FIlm Forum; All Ages; Free

Join us for a screening of Embrace of the Serpent, celebrating Indigenous Latinx people and ways of living.  Community discussion after screening.

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Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Christine Babic at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park

Free and open to the public.

Become part of an artist's creative process during our Art Encounters.

In collaboration with the yǝhaẃ exhibition at King Street Station, the Seattle Art Museum presents an artist residency that will activate the Olympic Sculpture Park throughout the winter and help grow the artistic practice of contemporary Pacific Northwest Native artists. Multi-disciplinary Chugach Alutiiq artist Christine Babic will take residence to research, workshop, and realize an immersive project exploring the gap between contemporary and traditional Indigenous works. Babic will combine performance and installation to create a site-specific experience with collaborating artists Mary Babic (Chugach Alutiiq) and Alex Britt (Nansemond/White).

Get inspired by learning about meaningful artistic practices and participating in two programs led by Christine Babic.

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Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

Free and open to Indigenous community members.

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies and snacks will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater.

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Feb
11
to Mar 8

And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World at South Puget Sound Community College Gallery

Free and open to the public.

Reception, March 8, 5-8pm


In partnership with South Puget Sound Community College, yəhaw̓ presents And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World. The exhibition features Indigenous artists of the Pacific Northwest working across media at the intersection of literary and visual arts. The gallery will also host a library with a selection of publications by local Native writers. Join us February 8th, 6-8pm, for an opening reception with refreshments and readings.

Language plays a prominent role in the Lifting the Sky story, as told by Upper Skagit elder Vi Hilbert. She speaks of a time when Indigenous people from diverse communities gathered because the sky was too low. Although they spoke different languages, by creating just one word with shared meaning - yəhaw̓, which means to do the work - together they were able to raise the sky, creating a better world for themselves and each other. Vi Hilbert ends her telling with the phrase “and now we know”, teaching us not only how the world came to be, but our role in its transformation, and that through ingenuity and creativity we shape our collective futures.

Whether using Native dialects, or subverting colonizers’ vernacular, the artists in this exhibition embrace verbal and visual languages to tell their own narratives. Indigenous creatives continue to explore new forms in storytelling to communicate experiences simultaneously personal and political in impact: a poem, a prayer or protest, a lullaby as much as love letter. As in the Lifting the Sky story, artists are creating worlds with their work.



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Feb
3
to Feb 28

Indigenous Teen Art Show at the Vera Project

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Free and open to the public.

Opening Reception, February 3, 4-6 PM

Curated by Aiyanna Stitt (Choctaw) alongside Moe’nayah Holland and Michael Anderson of Teens in Tacoma, the yəhaw̓ Indigenous Teen Art Show aims to recognize the artistic abilities and talents of young people in our communities. While young Indigenous creatives are under-represented in the mainstream art world, this show hopes to highlight their capabilities.

Join us February 3rd, 4-6pm at the Vera Project to celebrate the opening of this exhibition with performances and refreshments! The exhibition will run February 3 - 28, check the Vera Project website for general visiting hours - theveraproject.org.

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Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Christine Babic at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park

Free and open to the public.

Become part of an artist's creative process during our Art Encounters.

In collaboration with the yǝhaẃ exhibition at King Street Station, the Seattle Art Museum presents an artist residency that will activate the Olympic Sculpture Park throughout the winter and help grow the artistic practice of contemporary Pacific Northwest Native artists. Multi-disciplinary Chugach Alutiiq artist Christine Babic will take residence to research, workshop, and realize an immersive project exploring the gap between contemporary and traditional Indigenous works. Babic will combine performance and installation to create a site-specific experience with collaborating artists Mary Babic (Chugach Alutiiq) and Alex Britt (Nansemond/White).

Get inspired by learning about meaningful artistic practices and participating in two programs led by Christine Babic.

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Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

Free and open to Indigenous community members.

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies and snacks will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater.

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Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

Free and open to Indigenous community members.

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies and snacks will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater.

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Dec
1
to Mar 3

Elizabeth LaPensée at Hedreen Gallery

Free and open to the public.

This winter, Hedreen Gallery hosts an interactive gaming hub in which artist Elizabeth LaPensée (Anishinaabe, Métis, settler-Irish) rewires the architecture of contemporary gaming imaginations in ways that center, iterate and mainstream Indigenous ways of knowing. Join us during our regular gallery hours (Wed-Sat 1-6pm) or for one of our special exhibition programs:

opening celebration - Saturday Dec 1, 2018 2-5pm
artist lecture & reception - January 9th, 2019 6-9pm

heart of the game highlights the work of Elizabeth LaPensée, a prolific artist, writer, designer and scholar who foregrounds Indigenous self-determination and Indigenous sovereignty through game design, game development and game play. Featuring a variety of games in both digital and non-digital platforms, this exhibition celebrates LaPensée's many innovative roles and interventions in game design, including: producing and designing original game architecture, writing backdrops for game-play, organizing teams of Indigenous writers for collaborative game development, producing original artwork and more. In addition to learning about the design and context of a wide range of LaPensée’s games, gallery visitors will have the opportunity to play the side-scroller game Thunderbird Strike, i-pad Singing game Honour Water, table-top role-playing game Dialect and several test levels from When Rivers Were Trails, an Indigenous take on Oregon Trail, which will be released in early 2019.

heart of the game is a satellite exhibition in collaboration with yəhaw̓, an open call exhibition featuring over 200 Indigenous creatives opening at Seattle Office of Arts and Culture’s King Street Station Gallery in 2019. For full information and events listings: www.yehawshow.com

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D., is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe from Baawaating with relations at Bay Mills Indian Community, Métis named for Elizabeth Morris, and settler-Irish. She is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

Most recently, she designed and created art for Thunderbird Strike (2017), a lightning-searing side-scroller game which won Best Digital Media at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She also designed and created art for Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water. Her work also includes analog games, such as The Gift of Food (2014), a board game about Northwest Native traditional foods.

She is co-editor of the comic collections Deer Woman: An Anthology (2017) and Sovereign Traces Volume 1: Not (Just) (An)Other (2018) and editor of Sovereign Traces Volume 2: Relational Constellation (2019).

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Dec
1
11:30 AM11:30

Indigenous Family Day, Artists in Residence Panel, Rumble Film Screening

Free and Open to the Public

Join us for a day full of Indigenous creativity at the Seattle Public Library to celebrate the conclusion of their partnership with yəhaw̓:

Indigenous Family Day: Art-making & More

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

A special day of art, culture, and creativity celebrating families. Meet local Indigenous artists and makers, and create treasures to bring home. Featuring artists Fern Naomi Renville, Margaret Morris, and Raven Raven Julia Juarez.

yəhaw̓ Artist in Residence Panel

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Join the library's Artists in Residence - Native Kut, Roldy Aguero Ablao, and Fox Spears - for a panel discussion moderated by curator Denise Emerson. Celebrate the closing weekend of yəhaw̓'s exhibit THIS OUR HOME, WHERE WE BELONG and our artists in residence.

Free Screening - Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

The contributions of Native Americans in modern American music get a much-deserved showcase in this celebratory expose of the Indigenous influence on the soundtrack of popular culture.

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