Evergreen Longhouse Hosts Annual Holiday Native Arts Fair December 12-13

The Evergreen State College’s award-winning Longhouse Education & Cultural Center will host its 18th annual Holiday Native Arts Fair on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13, from 11am to 5pm.

The fair will feature nearly 40 Native artists from Washington and Oregon, as well as Alaska Native and First Nations artists from British Columbia. Among the items for sale are original carvings, woven textiles, prints, basketry, jewelry, clothing, musical instruments and more.

Artists include Peter Boome of the Upper Skagit Tribe, a carver, painter, printmaker and Evergreen graduate student, who recently won awards in several categories at the Santa Fe Indian Market and was featured at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Evergreen student and artist Joe Seymour of the Squaxin Island Tribe will be selling prints and original designs on jackets, as well as drums. The Hazel Pete Institute of Chehalis Basketry will have works by the daughters and granddaughters of the late Evans Chair Scholar and Evergreen graduate Hazel Pete.

More than a holiday sales venue, the Longhouse, with support from the Ford Foundation, provides Native arts programs that have expanded beyond the Northwest into a national program for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists. The Longhouse has also established an international indigenous residency program with the New Zealand government’s Ministry of Culture.

A public service center of The Evergreen State College, the Longhouse’s mission is to promote indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression and economic development.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is $2.00 on December 12, free on December 13.

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