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IN THE SPIRIT: Northwest Native Festival
August 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm7:00 pm

Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) and Washington State History Museum (WSHM) present IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival. Experience this indoor/outdoor celebration of Native cultures! Dancing, drumming, singing, shopping at the arts market, and a Native designer runway fashion show will take place in and around both museums. Connect with a diverse group of Native artists and shop a wide range of exquisite work in all price ranges.

Don’t miss the exhibitions Native Portraiture: Power and Perception at TAM and IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts at WHSM. Admission to both TAM and WSHM is FREE all day (10 am – 7 pm)! 

See special guests Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex), co-founded by artist and musician Preston Singletary, at IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival on August 11. Khu.éex’ translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language. The Seattle Times described Khu.éex’ as “…mixing Native American song and spoken word with atmospheric, visionary jazz improvisation in a way that recalls the ecstatic ’70s jazz-funk work of groups like Weather Report or Carlos Santana.”

The festival is open to the public and FREE of charge.

Schedule at TAM:

12:00 pm Blessing by Puyallup Canoe Family

12:30 pm Storytime: The Woman Carried Away By Killer Wales a Haida Story  in Familiar Faces & New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art

1:00 pm Runway Fashion Show

2:00 pm Vince Redhouse flute performance

3:00 pm Storytime: Origins of Rivers and Streams A Raven Story in Animals: Wild and Captured in Bronze

5:00 pm  Museum Buildings Close

Ongoing at TAM 12:00 – 5:00 pm

  • Arts Market
  • Art making in TAM Studio
  • This is a Stereotype: Misconceptions of the Native American Video, 40:21: Haub Visitor Orientation Space

Schedule at WSHM:

2:30 pm  Rona Yellow Robe flute in the WSHM amphitheater

3:30 pm  Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers, Haida & Tlingit dance and song in the WSHM amphitheater

5:00 pm  People’s Choice awards announced for IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibit, in the WSHM amphitheater

5:00 pm  Museum Buildings Close

5:15 pm – The band Khu.eex’ performs in the WSHM amphitheater

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Questions? Contact Amelia Layton at 253-272-4258 x3062 or

In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival is sponsored by:

The Haub Endowment



This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).”