Northwest Native Arts Event August 6.

August 1, 2011

Get “In the Spirit” with Washington State History Museum’s Sixth Annual Northwest Native Arts Market & Festival

One-day Tacoma event features performances by local Native American dancers, musicians and storytellers, and wares by some of the Pacific Northwest’s most talented artisans

In the Spirit: Northwest Native Arts Market and Festival, the largest Native American arts event in the Northwest, will be returning to the Washington State History Museum on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. As the exciting focal point of the In the Spirit exhibit, the free outdoor event offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to participate in Native American traditions, purchase fine art and support Pacific Northwest Native American artists.

“With the In the Spirit exhibit closing on Aug. 28, the market and festival offers one last chance for the public to view Native American art, participate in native song and dance as well as a fantastic opportunity for the museum to announce the winner of the ‘People’s Choice’ award,” said Dave Nicandri, Director of the Washington State Historical Society that runs the museum. “Over the last several months visitors to the museum have been asked to vote on their favorite piece of art and we’ll announce the artist that came out on top during the festival.”

The fun, educational and interactive In the Spirit event features performances by local Native American dancers, musicians and storytellers in the museum’s 300-seat outdoor amphitheater. In the plaza, adjacent to the amphitheater, some of the Pacific Northwest’s most talented artisans, including weavers, printmakers, carvers and bead artists, will be selling their colorful wares, including native clothing and jewelry, and offering live art demonstrations.

Stand out artists at the market include Shaun Peterson, creator of the “Welcome Figure Project” in downtown Tacoma, Peter Boome winner of all three awards in the painting category at the Eitelijorg Indian Market, along with Patti Puhn, Malynn Foster, Tanya Markishtum, Kelli Palmer and Clarissa Rizal, all respected weavers representing various Native traditions. For a full list of artists visit the Washington State History Museum’s website.

In the Spirit Performance Schedule:

10 a.m. In the Spirit Market and Festival officially opens to the public. Welcome message from the Washington State History Museum staff and blessing from Leonard Forsman, the Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe

10:30 a.m. Native songs and dances performed by Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers. The group is Alaska Native Americans, Haida, Muckleshoot and Quileute, living in the Puget Sound

12 p.m. Aleut dance group Sngagim Axasniikangin (Dream Dancers)

1:30 p.m. Lummi and S’Klallam Native American, Chenoa Egawa, performs traditional songs

3 p.m. Northern Star song and dance performance. Alaskan Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes wearing traditional regalia while performing

4:30 p.m. The House of Welcome Dancers

6 p.m. Flutist Rona Yellow Robe, Chippewa Cree tribe of Rocky Boy, performs

For more information on In the Spirit visit Washington State History Museum and The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education & Cultural Center’s websites.

In the Spirit is funded in part through the National Endowment for the Arts and partnerships with KUOW and the Suquamish Tribe. Market and Festival hours are Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Extended exhibit hours on Saturday, Aug. 5 are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Normal exhibit hours are Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended hours and free admission every third Thursday, 2 – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, age 60 and above; $6 for students and military with valid ID; children, age 5 and below, and members are always free.

About the Washington State History Museum

The Washington State History Museum, flagship of the Washington State Historical Society, is located at 1911 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, just off 1-5. The Washington State History Museum presents exhibits, programs, and events that bring to life the stories of Washington's history. The Washington State Historical Society has been dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington's rich and varied history since 1891. For more information, please call 1-888-BE-THERE or visit our Web site,

About The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education & Cultural Center

The "House of Welcome" Longhouse Education and Cultural Center is a public service center at The Evergreen State College that provides a full Native curriculum and artist grant programs. Built in collaboration with Northwest tribes, it is the first building of its kind on a public campus in the United States. The Longhouse is a multi-purpose facility with the mission to promote indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression and economic development. For more information visit