Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TAM Docents: Labels and such for NEW ART!

Hello Docents-

We have some new prints in the Event Space and some Shaun Peterson artwork in the lobby – all in anticipation of this Sunday’s Coastal Native Community Celebration from 10 am – 4 pm. I hope you can attend! Attached is the label copy for your review. There is also a canoe in the lobby that was delivered yesterday but label copy has not been made available yet. Here is more info from Josh on that:



Here is the label information that will be with the canoe -

Eagledancer is a 22-foot red cedar Northwest Coast style dugout canoe, was completed after six months of carving by Tribal carver Robert Harju in 2006. It was carved from half of an ancient cedar, and provided to the Cowlitz Tribe by United States Forest Service at Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The 600-plus year old cedar was a blow down from the Cispus River drainage south of Randle, Washington.

The canoe’s name, Eagledancer, was given at the Awakening Ceremony. At this sacred ceremony, the Spirit of the living cedar tree was awakened as a living canoe. Joe Kalama of The Nisqually Tribe performed this ceremony at the John Barnett Memorial Canoe Races before the canoe entered the water for the first time. Long time Tribal Chairman John Barnett was instrumental in starting this carving project, as well as recognizing the need for the formation of the Cowlitz Canoe Family.

Canoe and paddles are on loan from members of the Cowlitz Canoe Family.

Josh Proehl



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February 26 – May 30, 2011


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