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At Eighth Generation, we love to sharing opportunities to learn about Native artists, design, and the role of blankets in tribal communities. The "Sharing Blankets" Exhibition will feature five indigenous artists who have each received a stipend to make a blanket. The goal of the project is to spark discussion about the significance of the blanket in NW Native culture (past and present). It will be a gathering of artists and audience members from different backgrounds to share ideas about the the blanket as a symbol. This exhibition is a powerful opportunity for Native artists to exhibit in a venue that was built to celebrate Native culture, the Longhouse at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland. The blankets featured in the exhibition will be individual artworks not intended for sale or reproduction.
Date : Saturday, May 25, 2019
2 pm Exhibition Opens
5 pm Artist Talk and Community Forum
Location : The Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland Longhouse
Learn more about the artists who will be featured in this exhibition below - and feel free to share with your networks! A link to their website or social media pages have been added whenever possible.
Joe Feddersen is inspired by the traditional patterns and motifs from the native people of the Plateau region and pairs them with symbols from modern, urban spaces. Weaving these motifs and symbols, he maintains ties to his historical identity while utilizing forms of the contemporary world.
Pa-Ka-Tele-Kut-Sut, whose English name is Celeste Whitewolf, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla. Stage III breast cancer was the catalyst that ended Ms. Whitewolf’s legal career in 1998, and sparked her shift to advocating for Native cancer survivors by founding and directing for thirteen years Native People’s Circle of Hope, a national cancer advocacy nonprofit organization.
Paige Pettibon is Salish of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation in Montana and a descendant of the DuCharme and Paublo family. She works with the Puyallup Language Department to help grow the Lushootseed language. Flathead Reservation is home to the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreille tribes
Roquin contributes to the Indigenous creative and cultural continuum through inventive multi-media expression, beginning with mámamfok: CHamoru palm weaving. Relocating to the Salish Sea, they began to explore other forms of expression, including poetry, floral design, and various fibre arts, as well as the exploration of multidimensional identity and experience as a Indigenous/Pasifika Queer person.
As Britt deepens her study of the northwest Plateau tribes and their religion, she see's a connection between creation inspired by the spirit world and creation influenced by the unpredicted or unknown. The Plateau tribes believe that artistic forms and technological innovation are inspired by the spirit world. The arashi shibori process she uses dictates a level of uncertainty and lack of control. Cloth is bound around a pole, and undergoes days of dye and heat before being unwrapped to reveal it’s form and color.
Serene Lawrence, Project Manager for Eighth Generation adds "This exhibition is a must-see for those interested in learning about the art and designs of indigenous artists who represent a variety of cultural backgrounds. This event will surely be as visually captivating as it will be informative."
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