Monthly Archives: October 2010

Time to Play

Here is a poster that is a “blast from the past” from the Northwest Indian Child Welfare Association. The subjects are Shalaya Williams and her grandmother, Tessie Williams. Now Shalaya is a grown woman who recently graduated from Haskell University. … Continue reading

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Congratulations to a young artist

In September Ms. Avary McKay won the people’s choice award in the 13th Annual Tribal Art Show. She was competing with some very accomplished artists such as Whitney Minthorn, Vanessa Enos, JoMarie Tessman, and others. Yet her painting was far … Continue reading

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Archaeology Day at Wanapum

What’s to celebrate about archaeology? For many generations, Indians perceived archaeology in a negative light because of how Indian bodies were historically distributed wholesale around the country and treated like menagerie specimens. A big effort is required to rehabilitate the … Continue reading

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Chaw Pawa Laakni–They Are Not Forgot

Many moons ago, anthropologists were wandering the land. They plotted maps of village sites from Waluula to Pasco WA, up the Snake River, where Walla Walla people had lived. They recorded native place names to help the Tribes document their … Continue reading

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Laugh Therapy

An African visitor leaving the museum once told us he didn’t understand why Indians are not all very angry. Marcus and I just looked at each other and our reflex was to smile. It’s true, really bad stuff happened. It … Continue reading

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Signs of the Season

The tumbleweeds are turning reddish and purple on the roadside, getting ready for the winter winds to blast them across the plain. They are adding a little color to the fall landscape. During the winter, they will amass in the … Continue reading

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Grateful to the Wandering Artist

The Cayuse Sisters rock formation at Wallula It’s out-of-season to talk about you-know-who, but an intriguing story appeared online recently.  Tamastslikt features the Cayuse Sisters landmark prominently in the ‘Sikem’ or horse culture diorama.  You may have read the signpost … Continue reading

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