Celebrate Tacoma's Native American heritage and experience the arts and culture of the Puyallup Tribe and other Coastal Salish Tribes on Sunday, January 27 from 10 am to 4 pm at Tacoma Art Museum. The museum will be bustling with cultural performances and hands-on art activities for all ages, giving participants the chance to watch, listen, and engage in the museum’s fourth annual Northwest Native Community Celebration. The museum is offering free admission all day.
“We are pleased to once again honor our community’s Native American heritage and traditions through this annual celebration,” said Stephanie A. Stebich, Director of Tacoma Art Museum.
At 12 pm, an opening blessing will be given in the Murray Family Event Space, followed by a series of music and dance performances from local groups such as the Sacred Water Canoe Family, Native B.R.I.D.G.E., and Chief Leschi School.
From 10 am to 4 pm, peruse and purchase the wares of more than a dozen artists ranging from traditional basket weavers to modern painters. Stop by the Native Quest booth to learn more about native cultures. Make sure to visit the Open Art Studio to create your own artwork inspired by native motifs, led by local artist Sandra Segundo.
Three native canoes will be on display in the museum lobby. The angyak (Sugcestun for “open boat”) and the baidarka (Russian for “sea kayak”) canoes were built using traditional methods and materials by members of the B.R.I.D.G.E. Canoe Family. Thunder Spirit was carved in 1998 by master carver Fred Peter and blessed in the Puyallup tradition.
At 4 pm the canoes will be carried out of the museum in a Paddle-Out Ceremony marking the close of the Northwest Native Community Celebration.