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Annual free Northwest Native Community Celebration brings art, music, canoes and more to Tacoma Art Museum

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:40 am |
January 21, 2013 11:40 am
A canoe from last year's Northwest Native Community Celebration at TAM. Photo: Janet Jensen, The News Tribune.
A canoe from last year’s Northwest Native Community Celebration at TAM. Photo: Janet Jensen, The News Tribune.

Tacoma Art Museum and local tribes once again collaborate to bring the annual Northwest Native Community Celebration to the museum this Sunday. The free festival celebrates Tacoma’s Native American heritage through art, dance, music and three canoes from the Puyallup and other Coast Salish tribes.

“The Northwest Native Community Celebration continues the relationship that Tacoma Art Museum and the City of Tacoma share with the Puyallup Tribe,” says the press release.

Among the activities are a market of local artisans from basket weavers to painters, and hands-on activities in the art studio. Music and dance performances will be given by the Sacred Water Canoe Family, Native B.R.I.D.G.E. and Chief Leschi School.

Three canoes, built using traditional methods and materials by members of the B.R.I.D.G.E. Canoe Family, will also be on display in the museum lobby, with a traditional paddle-out ceremony at 4 p.m. as they leave the building and close the festival.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 27. 12 p.m. opening blessing; 12:30-4 p.m. performances; 4 p.m. paddle-out ceremony. Free. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

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