Native Arts: Tour of the Longhouse and Carving Studio

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Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon
Longhouse Education & Cultural Center 1007 B

Session Description:

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the Thunderbird above the entrance to the Longhouse? Do you know why there are "welcome figures" at the Longhouse entrance and not totem poles? Do you know how the woven cedar screens in the cedar room were used in ancient times? Who donated the giant Red Cedar for the Thunderbird?  Come explore the answers to these questions and learn more about the Longhouse's international indigenous arts collection, led by Longhouse's Assistant Director, Laura Grabhorn. Following the tour, the group will visit the Longhouse's new carving studio, "Pay3q'ali" where a drum making workshop will be in progress.

Facilitator Biography:

Tina Kuckkahn Miller

Laura Grabhorn, Assistant Director of The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center: Laura, a member of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska, has been at Evergreen since 1994. She worked in the Financial Aid Office until 1999, when she became assistant director of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center. In her work at the Longhouse she coordinates the annual In the Spirit Juried Art Show, the jury panel and the related Arts Market as well as the annual market at the Longhouse each December and artist grants. She supports Native arts and cultures as part of the Longhouse public service mission, and brings cultural and artistic events back to the college through artist in residence programs. The Longhouse is a key participant in the national and international indigenous arts arena in the field of indigenous arts. She has a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. Laura has served as an assistant dean in the University Graduate School at Indiana University as well as the coordinator of Multicultural Student Activities at Kansas State University.

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