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Youth Center News In the Spirit Contemporary Native American Art Exhibit Youth Center Staff Profles and Northwest Native Arts Market and Festival Hello, I’d like to introduce The Evergreen State College Longhouse and the Washington State myself to the Chehalis Historical Society are hosting the seventh annual In the Spirit celebration of community. My name is contemporary Native arts in the Northwest at the Washington State History Melvin Samuel III. I am 28 Museum, 1911 Pacifc Avenue in downtown Tacoma. The event includes a years old. I am currently juried art exhibition that runs through August 18. The exhibition features working at the youth center. the works of 21 artists whose art explores intersections between traditional I grew up in New Orleans, and contemporary forms. In the Spirit culminates with an art market and playing basketball at festival from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, August 17. The event will Renton High School, and showcase the talents of Native American performers and feature vendors college ball for Centralia. selling an assortment of arts and craft items. Life back when I was growing up was rough due Visitors viewing the In the Spirit Contemporary Native American Art to the violence back there. exhibit will see two-and three-dimensional artworks that draw upon I have one three year old concepts deeply rooted in indigenous philosophies and experiences. Both son and his name is Liam traditional and contemporary forms will be on display, including woven and his mother’s name is objects of adornment, paintings, beadwork, sculpture, prints and more. Stephanie Medina. Awards are made each year to recognize outstanding works of art. This year, Best of Show was awarded to “Yeili daax’oonda heen taakw: Raven’s I want to be a role model Fourth Winter” by Shaadoo’tlaa Tinaa’yeil (Tlingit). The Honoring the for the kids so they can Northwest prize was awarded to “Wocus Gatherers” by Kaila Farrell- be successful in life. My Smith (Klamath), Honoring Tradition went to “Chief’s Lightning Regalia” goal is to try to get the Melvin Samuel III by Misty Kalama-Archer (Puyallup), Honoring Innovation was awarded kids off the street and put a Youth Center Staff to “Recycled Flying Head” by Linley Logan (Seneca), and the Legacy basketball in their hands. I Gallery Print Prize was given to “Seaweed Gatherer” by Denise Emerson love the game of basketball. I want to teach and share with the youth about (Skokomish). The Peoples’ Choice Award will be announced during the teamwork and life skills the game has to offer. One day I want to become a afternoon of August 17, giving exhibit visitors the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite work. high school basketball coach. Maybe even try to coach in the NBA. The In the Spirit Art Market & Festival on August 17is a daylong event I encourage the kids to say, “I can do it! I will be successful in whatever I of cultural sharing located at the Washington State History Museum. do.” The entertainment schedule includes the Haandei I Jin Dance Group and Alaska Kuteeya Dancers, musicians Vince Redhouse (Navajo) and acclaimed rock band, Scatter Their Own, as well as the Puyallup Canoe Hell’rr my name is Family and others. The In the Spirit Arts Market offers one-of-a-kind Brandon Canales. I am 20 gifts and art from some of the fnest Native artists and craftspeople in years young. My parents our region. Baskets and weavings, clothing, jewelry, prints and carvings are Alicia and Barnaby are just some of the items that will Canales. I have been be on sale. The festival will take working at the youth center place indoors, and all performances since November 2012. I will be in the auditorium. For went to school at Rochester directions to the museum, visit www. up until my senior year and I transferred to Oakville and graduated last year. The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, “House of Welcome,” I enjoy playing basketball. is a public service center located at I love the kids and the kids The Evergreen State College. Its love me! mission is to promote indigenous arts and cultures through education, Washington State History Museum cultural preservation, creative 1811 Pacifc Avenue, expression and economic development. Downtown Tacoma For more information about the Longhouse, visit For more information: Brandon Canales longhouse. Phone: 1-888 BE THERE Youth Center Staff Website: Page 10   
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