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Workshop: Indigenous Gathering Practices

  • Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way Seattle, WA, 98199 (map)

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.