Tears of Duk'Wibahl--International Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists of the Pacific Rim

The Artists featured in this Exhibition are participating in this international gathering, or hui, as it is called in New Zealand and Hawaii. This hui is part of a long history of such gatherings organized and hosted by Indigenous organizations in New Zealand, Hawaii and here in Olympia, Washington since 1995.      During the week of August 24 to August 31, 2017, the artists are coming together to create art at The Evergreen State College Longhouse. They work in carving, fiber arts, clay, printmaking, painting, 3-D fine metals, photography and glass.      Tears of Duk’Wibahl is the Longhouse’s 2nd international artists gathering, the first was called “Return to the Swing” and was held in June 2001.

About the Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists of the Pacific Rim at The Evergreen State College

The Gathering brings together more than 100 Native American, Alaska native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations, Maori and other Pacific Rim artists to create, share, teach, and learn for nine days at The Evergreen State College Longhouse. Indigenous artist gatherings provide an exciting opportunity for artists to work side by side in an environment enriched by the presence and spirit of artists from around the world. The Gathering builds upon the Longhouse's strength and rich 21-plus-year history as a local and international leader in hosting artist residencies and Native artist gatherings.

The Gatherings began in 1995 in Rotorua, New Zealand and have been hosted by various countries throughout the Pacific. The Longhouse held the first gathering in the U.S. in 2001, resulting in numerous opportunities and exchanges for participating artists, who have been inspired ever since.

Renouned lead artists will oversee various art media:

Glass: Dan Friday (lummi) and Preston Singletary (Tlingit)

Carving: Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit)

Fiber Arts: The Hazel Pete Institute of Chehalis Basketry

Digital Art/Photography: Larry McNeil (Nisga'a/Tlingit)

Painting: Jim Denomie (Ojibwe)

Printmaking: Marwin Begaye (Dine)

Clay: Nora Naranjo-Morse (Tewa Pueblo)

Adornment: Denise Wallace (Aleut)