Your Communities. Your Traditions. Your Folklife.
Northwest Folklife aims to strengthen our communities through arts and culture. This calendar brings together our greater community’s events and gatherings. Here, you will find events ranging from cultural celebrations to music and dance performances and traditional gatherings.
Together, we can continue to celebrate the rich arts, cultures, and traditions that thrive in the greater Pacific Northwest.
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Indigenous Columbia Plateau Art: Historical and Contemporary Contexts
June 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr. Laurie Arnold, Director of Native American Studies at Gonzaga University, will present “Indigenous Columbia Plateau Art: Historical and Contemporary Contexts” at the Confluence Gallery and Art Center during the exhibit “Snk’ lip Nc’ aps: Coyote Winked – Native Art from the Indigenous Plateau” (May 26 – June 30, 2018). The Columbia Plateau has been an Indigenous space for at least 10,000 years. For the last 200 years, it has been a co-occupied space, a region shared by descendants of ancestral Plateau peoples and the settler society which grew during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, Native American communities throughout the Columbia Plateau engage in cultural revitalization ranging from language restoration to writing tribal histories to creating art, including traditional and modern art forms. This talk will provide a framework for contextualizing the Columbia Plateau toward a better understanding of the art on display.