Friday, June 28, 2013
Young artists will showcase art work inspired by traditions of the Columbia River at a traveling exhibit opening Saturday, July 6, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles.
The “Gifts from Our Ancestors” exhibit will kick off with a public reception at noon, followed by a free art workshop led by artist Jefferson Greene of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
On view will be select examples of student art created in the Gifts from Our Ancestors program, including digital storytelling, ceramic masks, documentary films, books of poetry, multi-media journals, tile mosaics, film costumes and props, watercolor paintings, clay sculptures, collaged story circles, painted wood salmon, and tule weavings.
From noon to 4 p.m., Jefferson Greene will lead a workshop for families to create their own Story Circle and to make a traditional Shaptakai- the Sahaptin name for Indian Suitcase.
As leader of the N'chi Wanapum Canoe Family, Jefferson will also share his stories, songs and experiences of the Canoe Journey, a 315-mile ancestral journey down the Columbia River.
The Discovery Center is located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.
Gifts from Our Ancestors is a place-based, K-12, arts-education program that features multiple forms of artistic and oral expression practiced by Native Americans along the Columbia River.
This event is open to the public- arrive early to guarantee your place!
Gifts from Our Ancestors is a place-based, K-12, arts-education program that features multiple forms of artistic and oral expression practiced by Native Americans along the Columbia River. The program incorporates shared knowledge and traditional art practices of tribal artists and culture bearers into classrooms. Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, 41 teachers and 1,900 students collaborated with local Native American artists on 15 projects that explored themes of cultural and ecological sustainability of the Columbia River Basin. Artworks on display tell the story of each project, resulting in a permanent gift by the school to its community. With project stipends awarded by the Confluence Project, participating schools engaged in over 80 cultural/artist visits and received $45,000 in direct project support.
Traveling Student Art Exhibit Venues
The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center- opens July 6, 2013
Hood River County History Museum- opens August 3, 2013
Maryhill Museum of Art- opens September 7, 2013
Columbia Center for the Arts- opens October 5, 2013
About the Confluence Project
The Confluence Project employs place-based art as the lens through which to explore confluences of culture, environment, and regional heritage of the Columbia River and its tributaries. We are a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest Tribes, acclaimed artist Maya Lin, and local communities from Oregon and Washington to reclaim public spaces of cultural, physical, and ecological significance to the Columbia River Basin. We do this through public art installations, environmental restoration, and educational programming. Four of the six planned sites featuring art by Maya Lin have been completed. In 2010, these sites served 1.7 million+ visitors at Cape Disappointment (Ilwaco, WA), Vancouver Land Bridge (Vancouver, WA), Sandy River Delta (Troutdale, OR), Sacajawea (Clarkston, WA). Chief Timothy and Celilo Parks will be complete in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge