Native Woodcarvers to Gather May 20-21

May 13, 2005

Evergreen Hosts 2nd Annual Northwest Native Woodcarvers Gathering

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Native American carvers will gather at The Evergreen State College Longhouse May 20-21 for the 2nd Annual Northwest Native Woodcarvers Gathering. On Friday, May 20th, the gathering will include discussions and workshops designed specifically for Native American carvers. Pre-registration for carvers is required. The events of Saturday, May 21 will be open to the general public and will include demonstrations by featured carvers.

This year's carver-specific workshops will include a panel presentation by carvers involved in the Northwest Coastal Canoe Journeys, tool making, new directions in carving and traditional Native storytelling as it relates to the art.

Saturday's public presentations include: "The Story Behind the Mask: How Culture Informs the Art," "The 'How-Tos' of Buying and Selling Native Art," and "Translating Woodcarving into other Media: Stone, Silver, Bronze, Glass and Printmaking." The Closing Ceremony will include a performance by Northern Star. The gathering is made possible through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guests and members of the community are encouraged also to visit Gallery IV in the Evergreen Library building to view carvings by the featured carvers and presenters. Gallery IV will be open throughout the gathering.

To register as a participating carver, or for additional information, please contact the Evergreen Longhouse at (360) 867-6413 or email