March 1, 2019 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were able to join in conversations last Sunday about our ongoing projects. Please continue to engage as you are able, and feel free to email if you have questions on how to get involved or suggestions and feedback!

We're excited for next month's Gathering on Sunday, March 24th from 1 - 4pm atOlympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation will feature the Canoe Journey Herbalists. 

Karen Capuder will be joining us at a later date. Please use the following link to access the introduction of her captivating dissertation, which beautifully weaves together personal narrative and history: Forked Tongues at Sequalitchew: A Critical Indigenist Anthropology of Place in Nisqually Territory

Read further for upcoming events and news:

Friday, March 1st, 6 - 8 pm
AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock

Purce Hall room 3, The Evergreen State College
Free and open to the public

This documentary chronicles "the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet." Special guests Nicole George and Zoltan Grossman will join us for this event. 

Click here for movie's website: AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock

**Return those library books!**
If you have borrowed books from the Learning Right Relations Library, please remember to return them at our upcoming Gathering on March 24th so that others may enjoy.

Preston Singletary at Tacoma Museum of Glass
Shop Talk: Sunday March 3rd, 2 - 3 pm
1801 Dock Street, Tacoma WA 98402


Preston Singletary's residency at the Tacoma Museum of Glass is the first of a series of residencies celebrating Native American artists working in glass, and highlights the current exhibition Raven and the Box of Daylight. Singletary is Tlingit from southeast Alaska. His shop talk on Sunday, March 3rd at 2pm will be streamed online at the Museum of Glass's website:

Native American Advocacy Training Webinar
Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00 am

Click here for details and to register


The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, by David Treuer, Ojibwe, is a recently released book that "tells the story of what Indians in the United States have been up to in the 128 years that have elapsed since the 1890 massacre of at least 150 Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota: what we've done, what's happened to us, what our lives have been like. It is adamantly, unashamedly, about Indian life rather than Indian death." Click here to watch David Treuer being interviewed on Democracy Now! on January 22, 2019.

The House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation are featured in a current exhibition at the Florida Natural History Museum, having traveled with a 3,000 pound carved whale totem to raise awareness about the plight of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. Click here to read article about this exhibit, Whale People: Protectors of the Sea.

One of the reasons this exhibition is so important is that it chronicles the vibrant life of contemporary Indians making history today. Winona LaDuke, among others, speaks eloquently in this short video about the significance of museums taking a stand and documenting current life and justice struggles of Native People. Click here to watch The Museum has an Opportunity and an Obligation.

Many continue to follow unfolding events regarding the Wet'suwet'en territory. Here are two websites to follow for recent updates: 

Have you been following the Green New Deal in the news? Indian Country Today released this article about the impact on Native American Indians: The Green New Deal: What does it mean for Indian Country? 

"And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World"
The Gallery at Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
South Puget Sound Community College 
February 7th to March 8th 

Curated by artist Asia Tail, the exhibition features Indigenous artists of the Pacific Northwest, working across media at the intersection of literary and visual arts. The Gallery will also host a library with a selection of publications by local Native writers.

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Amy Troyer-Karas