"The Teaching of ancestral knowledge" gallery exhibit gW3dZa'dad

November 9, 2004

Who: Longhouse Education and Cultural Center artist-in-residence program
What: Native art exhibition
When: Nov. 18 - Dec. 10
Where: Gallery IV, fourth floor Library building

The first of three exhibitions that feature work created through the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College is scheduled from Nov. 19 - Dec. 10, with an opening reception Thursday, Nov. 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Gallery IV, located on the fourth floor of the Library building.

"gW3dZa'dad" is a Twana term from the Pacific Northwest that describes "the teaching of ancestral knowledge", according to renowned cultural leader Bruce Subiyay Miller of the Skokomish tribe, a recent recipient of the National Heritage Award through the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The Longhouse's artist-in-residence program brings master Native artists to work with emerging and established Native artists at the Evergreen campus and reservation sites. Pete Peterson, Sr., a master carver and elder from the Skokomish tribe instructed five artists on the traditional cultural art form of bent wood box making.

Susan Pavel, who apprenticed under Bruce Miller, instructed 18 pairs of adults and youth apprentices in an ancient weaving technique of the Coast Salish people. The regalia that was created by the weavers will be on exhibit and will also be featured in a regalia fashion show at the Longhouse during Super Saturday, June 11, 2005.

For more information, call the Evergreen Galleries at (360) 867-5125.